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Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
8B 9A 9B
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Dwarf Pawpaw, Gopherberry
|Size:||1.5 - 2.0 ft tall by 1 - 1.5 ft wide|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Phenology:||Blooms in late spring|
|Habitats:||Flatwoods, scrub, sandhill|
|Recommended Uses:||Specimen plant.|
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.