Leaf Characteristics
  • broad, flat
  • simple
  • not lobed
  • smooth margins, entire
  • alternate
  • without needle-like bristles
  • not heart-shaped
  • widest toward tip
  • stems very short, 5" to 20" long
Fruit Characteristics
  • other fruit (not cone, winged, acorn, or in pod or capsule)
  • naked
  • oblong, large, fleshy and green
Asimina triloba

This is a small tree, which often is encountered as a large shrub. It is the only hardy member of an otherwise tropical family of plants. The Pawpaw prefers moist, fertile soil and commonly grows in stream valleys and on ravine slopes. It is very tolerant of shade and typically is found beneath larger trees in a forest. Although occurring throughout most of Ohio, it is less common northward. The wood is of no commercial value, but Pawpaw occasionally are planted as ornamentals. The distinctive, fleshy fruit is edible when ripe, but is not appreciated by all persons. Nevertheless, several forms of wildlife feed on the fruit.

Tree Size height 15' - 20' diameter less than 1' Flower Bark