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Belton, MO 64012
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Asimina triloba

Pawpaw

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Asimina triloba (Pawpaw)

This multistemmed shrub or small tree is a great plant for attracting all kinds of wildlife. Tropical-looking, 6-12" long leaves are quite unusual. Edible, 2-5" yellowish fruit is relished by many birds and small mammals. Plant is larval food of Zebra Swallowtail butterfly. Spreads slowly to form small colonies or thickets, providing good cover a variety of wildlife.

Additional Information:


Height
15-20 Feet

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Spread
30-40 Feet

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USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica), Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense), Wild Sweet William (Phlox divaricata)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FAC

Nature Attracting

Songbird
Butterfly

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)
Mid (May-June)

Soil Moisture

High
Moderate

Sun Exposure

Full Sun
Medium Sun/Average Shade

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Cover
Food/Small Animals
Butterfly Host
Food/Birds