Family: Annonaceae

Scientific Name: Asimina triloba Wilson

Common Name: Wilson Paw Paw, Wilson Pawpaw


Wilson Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) is a small, shade-tolerant tree.  Produces a soft, edible custer-like fruit.

Plant TypeEdible Fruit, Trees Deciduous
Hardiness Zone5-8
Sunlightfull, some shade
Moistureaverage, prefers moist
Soil & Siteaverage, prefers moist
Flowerssingle, dull plum purple, six petals, the outer being more significant than the inner, blooms before leaves form (precocious)
Fruitan edible fruit, yellow to orange flesh, with a custard texture, a fragrant aroma
Leavessimple, alternate, 6-12 inches long, green turning to yellow or cinnamon color in the fall
Dimensionssmall deciduous tree
Native SiteNative to United States from Florida to New York west to Nebraska and Texas.
Cultivar OriginSelected from the wild on Black Mountain, Harlan Co., KY, by John V. Creech in 1985. (#A)
Notes & Reference#01-Manual of Woody Landscape Plants (Michael A. Dirr), #39-The Natural History of Trees (Donald Cultrose Pattie), #93-North American Landscape Trees (Arthur Lee Jacobsen, #A
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