Asimina triloba

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 

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Common Pawpaw, Dog-banana, Indian-banana


Plant Specifics

Size:15-20 ft, may be clonal.
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Red
Fruit Color:Green
Habitats:River floodplains, predominantly to the north of Florida. In most of Florida, Asimina parviflora would be more appropriate yet very similar in appearance.


Recommended Uses:Small specimen tree. Also works well as a component of floodplain forests.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
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
Soil/Substrate:Loam, Sand



Small mammals and birds harvest the fruit.

Pollinated by flies and beetles