Asimina pygmea

dwarf pawpaw


wildlife plant   wildlife plant

Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 1.5 - 2.0 ft    Width: 1 - 1.5 ft
Flower Color: flower color   flower color   flower color      white,red,green
Fruit Color: fruit color      green
Noted for: Showy flowers, showy fruits


Recommended Uses: Specimen plant.
Considerations: difficult to establish because of long taproot.
Propagation: Usually grown from nursery stock. Difficult to transplant, minimize root disturbance and keep moist until established. Can be grown from seed.
Availability: Seed
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Soil or other substrate: Sand
Soil pH Range: 5.0 - 7.0


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Larval host to the Zebra Swallowtail butterfly (Eurytides marcellus)and pawpaw sphinx (Dolba hyloeus).
Native Habitats: flatwoods, scrub, sandhill

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Edible fruit.

Other Comments:

Flowers range from maroon to maroon and white, to maroon and green mixed. One common name is gopherberry - because golpher tortoise eat the fruit.