Asimina triloba (paw paw)

paw paw (1 gal, 1-2' tall)

A tropical looking tree because of its large leaves, paw paws do best in consistently moist, well-drained, average soil in full sun to full shade. A long taproot keeps it from transplanting easily. Keep the plants well watered. Fruit production normally begins when the trees reaches 6 feet. Fruiting best occurs in full sun. Two or more genetically different trees are required for pollination. Mature height about 25'. The paw paw is the host plant for the zebra swallowtail butterfly. Paw paw is Adkins Arboretum's Native Tree of the Year for 2020.

Photo by Kellen McCluskey

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