Asimina pygmea

Dwarf Pawpaw, Gopherberry

Annonaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Shrub
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,red,green
Fruit Color:Green
Phenology:
Noted for:Showy flowers, Showy fruits

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Specimen plant.
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:Seed
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat 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:5.0 - 7.0

Ecology

Wildlife:
  

Birds and small wildlife consume the fruit.

The fruit of dwarf pawpaw is sometimes called gopherberry because the fruit is eaten by Gopher tortoises.

Insects:
 

Larval host to the Zebra Swallowtail butterfly (Eurytides marcellus)and pawpaw sphinx (Dolba hyloeus). Pollinated by flies and beetles.

Native Habitats:Flatwoods, scrub, sandhill

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

Comments

Ethnobotany:Edible fruit.
General Comments:Flowers range from maroon to maroon and white, to maroon and green mixed. One common name is gopherberry - because golpher tortoise eat the fruit.