Asimina pygmea

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8B 9A 9B 

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Dwarf Pawpaw, Gopherberry


Plant Specifics

Size:1.5 - 2.0 ft tall by 1 - 1.5 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,red,green
Fruit Color:Green
Phenology:Blooms in late spring
Habitats:Flatwoods, scrub, sandhill


Recommended Uses:Specimen plant.
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
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 Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray



Birds and small wildlife consume the fruit.

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

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