Asimina trilobaAsimina triloba

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Asimina triloba
  • COMMON NAME: Common Pawpaw
  • FAMILY: Annonaceae
  • GROWTH HABIT:  15 to 20' high and wide,multi-stem small tree. Pyramidal or roundedopped head.
  • HARDINESS: Zone 5 - 8.
  • CULTURE: Prefers full sun and moist soil.
  • LANDSCAPE USE: Native plants, could use naturalizing in moist deep soil along stream, could use edge of woodland.
  • FOLIAGE: Alternate, simple, 6 to 12" long , one- half as wide, obovate -oblong shape, short acumiate apex, base entire. Golden Yellow in fall.
  • BUDS: Terminal bud is naked, 1/3 to 1/2"long, dark brown color with pubescent, larger than lateral buds. Lateral buds are naked. Flower buds have pubescent, globose to rounded shape, 2 to 3 scaled, about 1/4" diameter .
  • BARK: Dark brown color, rough and slightly scaly with maturity.
  • FLOWER: Lurid purple, 1 to 2" across, 6 petals on each flower, early to mid May bloom at Zone 5.
  • FRUIT: Edible blooming brownish black, 2-5" long. Many shapes: elongated, rounded or bean shape. Tasted like banana, sweet. Attractive to animals.
  • PESTS: None serious.



University of Delaware

University of Delaware Botanic GardensNewark, DE 19716Phone: 302 831-0153