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.
|Latin Name||Asimina triloba|
|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|
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.