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ASIMINA triloba

Commonly known as Pawpaw

Large shrub with ovate leaves and peculiar purple flowers in MAY-JUN as the leaves emerge.
Further Reading....

  • Deciduous - mid-green leaves to 30cm (12in) long, turning yellow in autumn.
  • Purple - Shades of purple/mauve/lilac/violet - purple-brown
  • Height - 6m (20ft)
  • Spread - 6m (20ft)
  • Tall Shrub - or small tree. Produces flowers 3-5cm (1¼-2in) across each with 3 large or small tree. Edible fruit is bottle-shaped to 12cm (5in) long, yellow-green ripening to yellow-brown.
  • Hardy - cold winter - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Full sun
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - not to be confused with the tropical Carica papaya
  • Pests & Diseases - none.
  • Place of origin - eastern USA.
  • Flower Shape - Cup-shaped - - 3-5cm (1¼-2in) across with 3 large calyx lobes surrounding 6 petals (3 large, 3 small) singly or in small clusters
  • Hardiness - Fully hardy -
  • Leaf margin - Entire - see photos above
  • Leaf shape - Obovate - see photos above
  • Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil -
  • Neutral to acid soil
  • Tree Shape - Broadly conical -
6m (20ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  6m (20ft)

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