American Pawpaw

All About the American Pawpaw:

Scientific Nomenclature: Asimina triloba

Common Name: American pawpaw, papaw. 

Many local names for the fruits: American custard apple, Appalachian banana, Quaker delight.

Mature Height: 15–20 feet

Mature Spread: 15–20 feet

Growth Rate: Slow

Attracts Wildlife: Insects, select butterfly species, birds and small and large mammals

Messiness: Flowers bloom in spring and have a foul odor. Leaves drop in autumn and have a peppery smell when crushed. Large fruits mature in early autumn and drop by winter.

Shape: Round/Upright pyramid

Native to Kentucky: Yes

Preferred Soils: Tolerates occasionally wet or moist soil conditions but prefers well-drained, acidic (<6.0pH) soils.

Screening: Not used as a screening tree.

Drought Tolerance: Not drought tolerant

Coniferous or Deciduous: Deciduous tree

Pruning: Not necessary, though deadwood can be removed as needed to keep the tree at its healthiest.

Climate Quick Facts:

Following being planted as a sapling, over 20 years one pawpaw will:

  • Sequester ~829 pounds of CO2.
  • Reduce stormwater runoff by 280 gallons.