Pawpaw, Custard Apple
Form and Growth Characteristics: Plant Type - TreeGrowth Rate - MediumMature Height - 15-20' (30-40' in favorable conditions)Mature Width - 15-20'Longevity -
Ornamental Characteristics: Flower - Lurid purple, 1-2" across; early to mid-May in Zone 5; borne singly. Six petals with outer 3 much larger than inner 3; flowers before or as leaves develop; 0.5-0.74" long pedicels not showy but interesting-seldom seen by uninitiated.Fruit - Edible, bloomy, greenish yellow berry finally turning brownish black, 2-5" long, of many shapes- elongated to rounded; banana-like taste with custard consistency, usually contains 2-3 1" long dark brown flattish to bean-shape seeds.Leaf - Fall Color - Yellow to yellow-greenBark - Dark brown with grayish areas when young; becoming rough and slightly scaly with maturity.Other Features - Raccoons in particular relish the edible fruit.Possible Use - Season Of Interest -
Culture and Care: Care Requirements - Somewhat difficult to transplant. Move as small (3-6') B&B/container plant into moist, fertile, deep, slightly acid (pH 6.1-8) soils. An understory tree that does well in full sun. Likes riverbottoms and rich hardwood forests but scraggly in heavy shade.Native Habitat - New York to Florida, west to Nebraska and Texas. Introduced 1736.Diseases and Insects - None seriousStrength - Weakness -Plants of this taxon:
Find Related Plants:- Other plants with the common name Pawpaw.- Other plants of the family Annonaceae.- Other plants of the genus Asimina.- Other plants of the species Asimina triloba.