Asimina triloba

common pawpaw, dog-banana, Indian-banana


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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 15-20 ft
Flower Color: flower color      red
Fruit Color: fruit color      green
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Small specimen tree. Also works well as a component of floodplain forests.
Considerations: Difficult to establish because of long taproot.
Propagation: Can be grown from seed.
Availability: Native nurseries, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam


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Larval host for zebra swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus) and pawpaw sphinx (Dolba hyloeus). Fruit are eaten by many types of wildlife.
Native Habitats: River floodplains, predominantly to the north of Florida. In most of Florida, Asimina parviflora would be more appropriate yet very similar in appearance.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Fruits edible.

Other Comments:

Flowers are dark maroon, not showy.