Asimina triloba

Also known as:

  • Paw Paw
  • Indiana Banana
  • Pawpaw
  • American Custard Apple
  • Banangois
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Plant Type

tree, fruit / vegetable

Zones

5a-10b

Size

H:30'
W:20'

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

average, well-drained

Water Needs:

even moisture, high

Sun Exposure:

sun, mostly sun, mostly shade

Features

Flower Color:

red, chocolate

Foliage Color:

green

Wildlife:

beneficial insects, birds, bees, butterflies

Fruit:

red, brown

Flower Season:

spring

Foliage Season:

deciduous

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Logee's Plants for Home & Garden

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141 North Street Danielson, Connecticut

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860-774-8038

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Arrowhead Alpines

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1310 N Gregory Road PO Box 857 Fowlerville, Michigan

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517-223-3581

jiovi® at Foxgreen Farm

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527 N. Howland Road Howland , Maine

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(508) 212-2468

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Boehm's Garden Center

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Rushville, Illinois

217-322-6644

Almost Eden

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Merryville, Louisiana

337-375-2114

Forestfarm

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Williams, Oregon

541-846-7269

Oregon Grown Tree Farms

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Salem, Oregon

503-851-4726

Dancing Oaks Nursery

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Monmouth, Oregon

503-838-6058

Logee's Plants for Home & Garden

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141 North Street Danielson, Connecticut

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860-774-8038

ashley@logees.net

Arrowhead Alpines

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1310 N Gregory Road PO Box 857 Fowlerville, Michigan

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517-223-3581

jiovi® at Foxgreen Farm

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527 N. Howland Road Howland , Maine

Directions

(508) 212-2468

farmlabs@icloud.com

Boehm's Garden Center

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Rushville, Illinois

217-322-6644

Oregon Grown Tree Farms

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Salem, Oregon

503-851-4726

Dancing Oaks Nursery

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Monmouth, Oregon

503-838-6058

jiovi® at Foxgreen Farm

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527 N. Howland Road Howland , Maine

Directions

(508) 212-2468

farmlabs@icloud.com

Heritage Seedlings

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Salem, Oregon

Oregon Grown Tree Farms

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Salem, Oregon

503-851-4726

Logee's Plants for Home & Garden

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141 North Street Danielson, Connecticut

Directions

860-774-8038

ashley@logees.net

jiovi® at Foxgreen Farm

Contact

527 N. Howland Road Howland , Maine

Directions

(508) 212-2468

farmlabs@icloud.com

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Description by: Dancing Oaks Nursery

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Monmouth, Oregon

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Reddish brown flowers on bare stems bring tasty oblong autumn fruit. Fairly large light green leaves turn yellow in fall on this slow growing small tree. Regular water.

Description by: jiovi® at Foxgreen Farm

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Howland , Maine

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Paw Paw (Indiana banana, American custard apple, banangois) hardy to zone 5. There are some reports it will survive in parts of zone 4 nowadays but the fruit production may may not be as abundant. The nutritious greenish yellow fruit appears after the beautiful tulip like blooms. The taste is a something like a cross between a banana and a mango. Best fruit set with 2 or more trees. Seeds are inedible. This is an open pollinated variety, so you can expect some variation. We think that is a good thing. Paw Paw likes rich moist soil. It is a native to the United States and is well suited for your garden with few pests and needing little care.

Description by: Logee's Plants for Home & Garden

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Danielson, Connecticut

860-774-8038

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The largest of the Native American fruits, the Paw Paw is one of the easiest to cultivate. The tree size is modest and does well in partial shade. Spring brings purple flowers that transform to clusters of oblong fruit. In fall, the large, green fruit softens, emits a ripe fragrance and takes on a yellow color. Pick and eat the flavorful fruit that's reminiscent of banana custard. Fruit can be stored in the refrigerator for several weeks. The nutritious fruit is high in protein and a good source of vitamins and minerals. You must plant two different cultivars for cross-pollination. We love that Paw Paws are not susceptible to insects or diseases and therefore never need to be sprayed with pesticides. Paw Paws usually start bearing fruit 2-3 years after planting and can yield up to 30 pounds of fruit per tree.

Description by: Heritage Seedlings

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Salem, Oregon

503-585-9835

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Widely adapted and tolerant of damp soils, our native Pawpaw has been under-used as a landscape tree but is now attracting substantial attention. The fruits are nutritious and resemble the tropical mango. Nodding purple flowers are unlike those of any other American tree - curious in their three-lobed shape. Bold leaves turn a pleasing yellow in autumn. Our seedlings are greenhouse-grown in root-pruning containers for excellent transplant success.

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Description by: Arrowhead Alpines

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Fowlerville, Michigan

517-223-3581

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Pawpaw, grown for its tropical looking foliage, large flowers, edible tasty fruits and most of all to attract Zebra Swallowtail butterflies. These amazingly long tailed butterflies eat nothing else as larvae. If they don't find you, go out and net a few females, bring them home and release them. They are seldom virgins when you catch them and will usually start a colony as long as sufficient food is available and you introduce a bit of genetic diversity. Releasing a single female is not likely to be successful. Don't panic unduly about upsetting ecosystems, butterflies are often blown hundreds of miles outside their natural range, netting a few and moving them changes little.

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Description by: Almost Eden

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Merryville, Louisiana

337-375-2114

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3-5" green-yellow fruit with banana custard-like flavor, some say they are best after being frozen. Produces fragrant purple flowers in spring. A small native, normally understory tree, and is the caterpillar host plant of the Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly. Seedling grown. Plant two different varieties or seedlings for pollination.The Pawpaw makes a beautiful small deciduous tree with a generally pyramidal form when grown in full sun. The large tropical looking foliage turns a golden yellow in fall. Allow the green fruit to become soft before eating, the softer the better by some accounts. They may be picked once they are to full size and allowed to ripen indoors out of reach of hungry raccoons and opossums.

Description by: Oregon Grown Tree Farms

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Salem, Oregon

503-851-4726

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The pawpaw tree has seen a recent rise in popularity as a landscape tree. This native tree grow in woodland "patches" and has a pyramidal shape. The leave are large (between 6-12 inches) and turn an attractive yellow in the fall. Flowers develop before the leaves in the spring and are sparse, but exotic-looking, deep purple rosettes. Greenish-yellow fruits ripen to a browish-black and are edible. However, the fruit does not develop unless you plant at least two of the trees.

Description by: Forestfarm

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Williams, Oregon

541-846-7269

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Small tree with large drooping leaves which flutter in a breeze; 2" purple flowers become 3-5" edible fruits; yellow fall color. PSh/Med

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