Pawpaw (Asimina triloba)

[ Trees > Hardwoods . . . ]      Forest Type: Eastern Riverine


A shrub or small understory tree in moist areas; leaves large, with even edges, foul-smelling when crushed; flowers dark purple.

by Michael Kuo

Habitat: Found in eastern North America in moist bottomlands.

Stature: Up to 30 feet high but usually smaller and shrub-like; trunk to 8 inches in diameter; when mature featuring a spreading crown.

Leaves: When mature 7-12 inches long and 4-6 inches wide; simple; shaped like elongated, fat candle flames; edges even; green above; paler green below.

Bark: Thin; smooth or roughened; brown to gray.

Fruit: A greenish to yellow, banana-shaped berry 3-5 inches long; flowers large and dark purple to maroon.

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