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Susquehanna Pawpaw Asimina triloba 'Susquehanna'

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.  Early Americans made a yellow dye from the pulp of the ripened fruit.

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. Full sun, partial shade, shade tolerant. Well-drained, deep, slightly acid fertile soil.

Wildlife Value: Raccooons, squirrels, and opposums actively seek out fruits and often beat humans to the harvest.

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

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Susquehanna'
Tags:
#deciduous#fall color#rain garden#purple flowers#shade tolerant#low maintenance#edible fruits#edible garden
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Susquehanna'
Tags:
#deciduous#fall color#rain garden#purple flowers#shade tolerant#low maintenance#edible fruits#edible garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Asimina
    Species:
    triloba
    Family:
    Annonaceae
    Edibility:
    Susquehanna pawpaw produces very large fruit with few seeds. It is extremely sweet with a rich taste. Ripens mid to late season.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 15 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 15 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Native Plant
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Pyramidal
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Fruit Description:
    Edible, oblong, large yellowish green fruits which mature in early autumn to a dark brown. Full-sun to ensure fruiting.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    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
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblong
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    It features alternate, simple, oblong green leaves. Showy yellow fall color.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Rain Garden