Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Pawpaw

Asimina triloba
Plant Type: Trees
Native Environment: Forest
Season of Interest:
Main Color: Green
Fall Color: Yellow
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Cover
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

15 to
30
feet

Spread:

15 to
20
feet
Size
Height: 15 to
30
feet
Spread: 15 to
20
feet
Size
Height: 15 to
30
feet
Spread: 15 to
20
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Naturalize near streams or along the edge of woodlands. Plant as host plant for zebra swallowtail butterfly and to attract songbirds and small mammals. Provides cover for wildlife.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Plant in partial shade in deep, rich, moist to mesic soil. Older plants can tolerate sun. Put young plants (or seeds) in mostly shade.
Special Features
Special Usage
Edible
Basic Description

Multistemmed shrub or small tree with tropical-looking, 6-12″ long leaves. Edible, 2-5″ yellowish fruit is relished by many birds and small mammals. Plant is larval food of Zebra Swallowtail butterfly. Spreads slowly to form small colonies or thickets.

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