Asimina triloba, Pawpaw
The dynamic Missouri native tree the Pawapaw, Asimina triloba, provides beauty and a food source to the garden. Showy burgundy flowers in spring appear the same time as the leaves begin emerge. Flowers give way to fruit in fall that have a flavor reminiscent of bananas. In fact Pawpaws are sometimes know as the Missouri Banana Tree. Large oval leaves turn bright yellow in the fall, adding a soft golden color to the landscape.
Pawpaws are the host plant to the Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly, their caterpillars exclusively eat Pawpaw leaves.
Plant in full sun to part shade. Although it will grow well in shade, too much shade will cause the tree to get leggy. The Pawpaw tree easily grows in average, medium to wet, well-drained soil. Prefers moist, acidic, fertile soils.
A featured plant of the Missouri Prairie Foundation Grow Native Pollinator Buffet program, a collection of plants that have been identified as being important to pollinators. See all the Pollinator Buffet plants here >>>
Missouri’s Official Fruit Tree
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