Paw Paw

Arbor walk #50

The Paw Paw, a Missouri native, features dark purple flowers in the spring, elongated edible fruit in the summer, and a yellow to yellow-green fall color which all add to the appeal of this small understory tree. 

Name Paw Paw
Latin Name Asimina triloba
Type Native
Diameter 1.5 ci
Color of Leaf Green, turns to yellow
Shape of Leaf 12″ long simple
Color of Flower Purple
Shape of Flower Cup chaped, 6 petaled
Fruit Characteristics Edible, yellow green, 6″ long fruit
Bark Characteristics Gray and smooth
Foliage Type Deciduous

With the exception of the Gourd, the fruit of the Paw Paw is the largest edible fruit indigenous to the United States. It has a sweet, custard-ish flavor somewhat similar to that of banana, mango, and pineapple, and are commonly eaten raw. They are also used to make Paw Paw-flavored ice creams and baked desserts, of which George Washington was reportedly a devoted admirer.

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