Asclepias sullivantii #1 (Sullivant’s Milkweed)August 25, 2020
Asimina triloba #1 (Common Pawpaw)August 25, 2020
Asimina triloba #3 (Common Pawpaw)
-Part Shade, Full Shade, Full Sun
-Moist to Average Soil (FAC)
-Acidic to Slightly Alkaline pH
-15-20′ Tall by 15-20′ Wide
-Black Walnut tolerant
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Common Pawpaw is a native, medium-sized understory tree with large, drooping leaves that give it a tropical look. Most of its relatives are tropical plants, with Asimina triloba being the only one hardy here in our climate. It can grow to be a pyramidal tree, typically about 20′ tall but able to get 30-40′ in ideal conditions. It has a suckering tendency that can lead it to grow loose, clonal groves.
The pawpaw is North America’s largest edible native fruit! For fruit production, there must be two genetically different plants in proximity of the flying insects that pollinate them (mostly flies and beetles.) The fruit is dusky green and kidney shaped, ripening to a blotchy brown. Once ripe, it has a taste somewhat similar to bananas. The annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival celebrates this unique fruit and everything pawpaw!
Aside from us eating the fruits, many mammals relish them and help to spread their seeds around. The stunning, spectacular, black-and-white Zebra Swallowtail butterfly hosts on Pawpaw trees and is a rare but most welcome sight!
Native Trees, Shrubs, & Vines by William Cullina
Manual of Woody Landscape Plants by Michael A. Dirr
Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants and Herbs by Steven Foster and James A. Duke
Missouri Botanical Garden
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center