Latin: Asimina triloba
Other common names: pawpaw, paw paw, melon tree, false banana, Michigan banana,custard apple
Mature Height: 9 – 36′ height/ 9-36′ spread
Soil / Climate: Prefers shaded areas in woodland or wet areas. Prefers moist, slightly acidic soils and require regular watering, but are adaptable to many conditions. Pawpaw grows in humid climates and are frost tolerant.
Notes: pear shaped alternate leaves with whitish hair on the upper surface and rusty red on the lower are aromatic (smell similar to bell pepper). Green flowers that turn to dark purple or maroon. Fruit is yellowish green to brown, cylindrical, and mango-shaped. Pawpaw fruit is usually 7-16 cm long and grow singly or grouped 2 or 4 together. The 5 to 16 ounce fruits usually ripen between August and October and have a thin skin containing a yellow custard-like pulp that tastes similar to papaya. Some varieties contain a whitish-green pulp that is not as flavorful. Paw paw fruits contain several flat 2 cm long seeds. Fall foliage is bright yellow.
Wildlife: Fruits are eaten by opossum, raccoon, foxes and squirrels.
Cold Stream Farm supplies Black Walnut trees which are grown as bare root seedlings and transplants and sold both wholesale and retail with no minimum order.
Additional information on Juglans nigra can be found on the link: USDA / NRCS PLANTS Database.