Paw Paw 'Asimina Triloba'
Common name: is pawpaw.
Growth Structure: Small tree, Shrub like. Height about 15 to 20' and width: 15'
Light Requirement: Semi shade, Under-story tree
Water Requirement: Plant in acidic, moist, well drained and fertile soil, Prefers medium to heavy watering.
Don’t allow the soil to dry out. Best watering method is to let your garden hose trickle slowly. This gives the water a chance to soak in instead of running off. You can also use a soaker hose to water several trees at once.
- Avoid letting the soil dry completely.
- Avoid over watering.
- Premature fruit drop is more likely to occur during dry spells.
Its a small size tree, that’s shrub like, with slow growing nature. It’s usually found in the under story of other trees and occurs in low bottom woods, wooded slopes, ravines and along streams. Often spreads by root suckers to form colonies or thickets.
Large, slightly drooping, elliptical, medium green leaves (6-12" long) retain green color well into fall before turning to a bright yellow. Cup-shaped, purple flowers appear in spring, and give way to edible, oblong, yellowish green fruits which mature in early autumn to a dark brown.
Flavor and fleshy consistency of the sweet-flavored fruits resembles bananas, oranges and pineapple tones. Fruits are frequently eaten raw or used in ice creams or pies.
Wildlife (e.g., raccoons, squirrels and opossums) eagerly seek out the fruits and often beat humans to the harvest.