Asimina triloba - Pawpaw
Asimina triloba - Pawpaw - Photo courtesy of Sean James Consulting & Design


Asimina triloba

  • Small low branching tree, forming a dense pyramidal rounded crown
  • Cup-shaped purple flowers
  • Large, slightly drooping, elliptical green leaves turn yellow late in the fall
  • Fruit emerges green, aging yellowish and finally brown
  • Unique fruit has the fleshy consistency of a banana and flavour of banana, mango and pineapple
  • Bloom Time: Spring



6-8 m

5-6 m

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Pawpaw can be used to naturalize in a native planting or wild garden, or grown in a shrub border or woodland area, especially in damp areas along ponds or streams.

Additional Notes about Pawpaw:

Native to Ontario and parts of North America

Flavour and fleshy consistency of these sweet-flavored fruits resemble bananas. Fruits are frequently eaten raw or used in ice cream or pies, although they can produce nausea in some people.  Early Americans made a yellow dye from the pulp of the ripened fruit.

Unripe fruits are poisonous, and the seeds contain alkaloids that can cause vomiting.