Pawpaw Asimina Triloba

Pawpaw Asimina triloba belongs to the Custard Apple Family and prefers rich, moist woods or lowlands soils. The plant forms shrub but isn't very bushy and usually grows to a height of about 6 feet occasionally up to 40 feet but usually a shrub. Pawpaw has lance shaped leaves that droop toward the ground. They leaves crushed emit an odor similiar to that of bell pepper. They flower April through May and the fruit ripens in the fall and are from 2 to 4 inches long.

The pawpaw fruits are eaten by opossums, raccoons, fox, squirrels, and birds.

Its range is from Texas and Nebraska to Florida and New York.

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