Asimina triloba (L.) Dunal

Pawpaw, Dog-banana, Indian-banana

Family: Annonaceae

Genus: Asimina

Category: Tree - Deciduous

Zones: 5 to 9

Size: To 25' tall

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Large leaves to 12" long and 6" wide, dark green and pubsecent underneath. Maroon flowers before the leaves in spring, 2" diameter which grow off the branches directly, previous season's growth. Green fruit, almost sausage-shaped in clusters. Yellow autumn color. Suckers readily. Well-drained soil and some shade in the first year.


Published in Monogr. Anonac. 83 in 1817.

Native to the central and eastern US and Ontario, Canada.

Basionym is Annona triloba L. published in Sp. Pl. 1: 537. Lectotype = "Anona fructu lutescente, laevi, scrotum Arietis referente" in Catesby's Natural History Volume 2 Page 85 Plate 85 in 1743.

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