• USDA Zones 5 to 9 (Find Your Zone)
  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Moist Soils
  • 15 to 30 Feet Tall and Wide
  • Good Fall Color
  • Exotic Purple Blooms in Spring
  • Edible Fruits
  • Butterfly Host Plant
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The Pawpaw tree, or Asimina triloba, is a small understory tree native to the Eastern United States. Pawpaw trees typically grow in shaded locations in bottomlands or along stream beds. Leaves are large and have a tropical look. Interesting purple flowers bloom in spring and are followed by small to large green, edible fruits if pollinated. Fruits have a flavor and texture reminiscent of bananas. Trees will sucker readily, forming thickets. Pawpaws must be pollinated by a separate tree. Best grown in full sun to part shade with ample moisture. Host plant for the zebra swallowtail butterfly.

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