Common Pawpaw

Common Pawpaw Asimina TrilobaCommon pawpaw (Asimina triloba) can be found on the southeastern border and in the southwest corner of Iowa.

Habitat: Grows in thickets of wooded ravines, bottoms of bluffs and low areas of wooded streams.

Hardiness: Zones 5 though 8

Growth Rate: Moderate

Mature Shape: Small tropical looking tree; develops a narrowly pyramidal shape with dense, dropping foliage down to the ground. In the shade it grows tall, with more open branching, horizontally held leaves, and fewer low limbs. 

Height: 15-20 feet

Width: 20 feet

Site Requirements: Deep fertile soil that is moist, but well-drained and slightly acidic (pH 5-7).

Flowering Dates: March - May

Seed Dispersal Dates: August - October

Seed Bearing Age: 5 years

Seed Bearing Frequency: Yearly

Seed Stratification: Prechill for 2 months at 40°F