CT E DR RG
Soil: Fertile, Slightly Acidic, Well-drained
Moisture: Average to Moist
Light: Full to Part Sun (prefers afternoon shade)
Plant Height: 15 to 30 feet
Plant Width: 15 to 30 feet
Landscape Value: Good in shrub borders, in damp areas along streams and ponds, and along woodland edges.
A taste of the tropics in your backyard! Short-trunked tree with thick, bright green, tropical-like leaves that turn yellow-green in the fall. Nodding, purple-brown flowers are borne singly in leaf axils before leaves emerge, producing oblong, yellow-green fruits relished by small mammals and some birds. Prone to suckering and will form colonies if suckers not removed. Tolerates shade and black walnut. Attracts flies, beetles, moths, songbirds and small mammals. Larval host to Pawpaw Sphinx moths. Fruits are fleshy and can be eaten raw or pureed and added to ice cream, pudding, and smoothies. Fruits have a banana-mango flavor and are ripe when gently squeezed fruits are slightly soft. Warning: although edible, some individuals have reported skin irritation and intestinal upset when handling or eating fruits.
2 gallon pot
Note: Flowers require cross-pollination, Two or more plants are needed for reliable fruit production.