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Asimina triloba

Common Name: Pawpaw Tree
Asimina triloba
Asimina triloba

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Magnoliales
Family: Annonaceae
Genus: Asimina
Species: Asimina triloba

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

Pawpaws are small trees, growing up to 40’ tall.

Their bark is dark brown and smooth.

Leaves are alternate and simple. They are 6-12" long, light green, tear-shaped, wider towards the end, and toothless.

Habitat & Range

Pawpaws are found in moist soils throughout much of the eastern United States.

Life Cycle

Pawpaws bloom in April to May and have maroon colored flowers. The tree’s leaves emerge after flowering.

The fruit of this plant is up to 4" long and green. It appears and tastes similar to a banana. The fruit is ripe and ready to eat when it is soft and readily falls of the tree. A wide variety of wildlife including foxes, raccoons, and oppossums feed off of the fruit in late summer to fall.

CAUTION: Potential foragers should take caution to ensure safety when trying new foods. Only eat plants that you can identify with certainty.

Featured image by James Dake.


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