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Paw Paw

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Native trees and shrubs provide food and natural habitats for local wildlife and help reduce soil erosion, without invading our landscape. Consider planting this species, which is indigenous to the southeastern United States.
Tree Type

Paw Paw

Asimina triloba

The Paw Paw is a small, deciduous tree that creates a tropical ambiance with its broad, drooping leaves. In spring, it bears inconspicuous yet fragrant purplish-brown flowers, followed by large, edible, banana-like fruits that ripen to a creamy texture in the fall. The tree's foliage turns a striking yellow or gold in autumn, providing visual warmth.

  • Dimensions: 15-20 feet tall, 15-20 feet wide
  • Water Use: Medium, requires well-drained, moist soil
  • Light Requirement: Prefers full sun to partial shade, with young trees benefitting from some protection from intense sunlight
  • Soil Moisture: Prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soil, rich in organic matter
  • Ornamental Use: With its unique foliage and fruit, the Paw Paw tree is perfect for adding a touch of the exotic to small gardens, edible landscapes, or as an understory tree in larger woodland settings.
  • Wildlife: The fruit attracts a variety of wildlife, including birds and small mammals, making it an integral part of the local ecosystem.

Details: Paw Paw

Mature Size

H: 15'–20' W: 15'-20'

Water Requirements


Light Requirements

Full Sun / Partial Shade

Soil Moisture



Flowers / Edible Fruits

Wildlife Value

Attracts & Feeds Wildlife