Asimina obovata

Flag Pawpaw, Bigflower Pawpaw, Scrub Pawpaw


Plant Specifics

Size:to 10 ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Green
Noted for:Showy flowers, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Understory shrub.
Considerations:Difficult to establish because of long taproot.
Propagation:Usually grown from nursery stock. Difficult to transplant, minimize root disturbance and keep moist until established. Can be grown from seed.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Small mammals and birds harvest the fruit.


Larval host for zebra swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus) and pawpaw sphinx (Dolba hyloeus). Pollinated by flies and beetles.

Native Habitats:Dry hammocks, dry hardwood forests, sandhill, clayhill, scrub

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Edible fruit.