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Sunflower Pawpaw Asimina triloba 'Sunflower'

Description

Pawpaw is a small native deciduous tree. It will appear in clusters in understory canopy of forests, but it needs full sun to ensure fruiting. It is a slow-growing tree which needs several years to bear fruit. It is self-fertile so it does not need another tree to produce its large, edible fruits.

It works well to naturalize in a native plant or wild garden, a shrub border, woodland margin or in damp areas along ponds or streams.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: The pawpaw tree produces self-defensive compounds so pests are not usually a problem.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Sunflower'
Tags:
#deciduous#fall color#rain garden#low maintenance#late summer#yellow fruits#native fruit tree#pawpaw patch#pawpaw fruit#naturalizes#borders#edible garden
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Sunflower'
Tags:
#deciduous#fall color#rain garden#low maintenance#late summer#yellow fruits#native fruit tree#pawpaw patch#pawpaw fruit#naturalizes#borders#edible garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Asimina
    Species:
    triloba
    Family:
    Annonaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Early Americans made a yellow dye from the pulp of the ripened fruit.
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    USA
    Distribution:
    NC
    Wildlife Value:
    Raccoons, squirrels, and opossums actively seek out fruits and often beat humans to the harvest.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Edibility:
    Sunflower pawpaw produces large yellow fruit. The yellow flesh has few seeds and ripens in mid to late September. It has a tastes reminiscent of bananas. The fruits are frequently eaten raw or used in ice creams or pies, although they can produce nausea in some people.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Native Plant
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Pyramidal
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Gold/Yellow
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Fruit Description:
    edible, oblong, yellowish green fruits which mature in early autumn to a dark brown.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Cup
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Cup-shaped purple flower (3 green sepals and 6 purple petals in two tiers) appear in spring,
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblong
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Rain Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Insect Pests