(Asimina triloba )
The Custard-Apple Family (Annonaceae)

Short, single or multi-trunked tree with large alternate, deciduous leaves and gray, smooth, “wart-like” bark.


Ravines, depressions, flood plains, bottomlands.

Interesting Facts: 

Plant used by Native Americans as a diuretic, lice treatment and as a narcotic. Alkaloids found in its leaves and bark are being researched for cancer treatment. Host to Zebra Swallowtail butterfly and Pawpaw Sphinx moth.

Short, fat banana-shaped pod with a banana-like flavor and creamy texture, 2.5 - 4” long, green turning to brown when ripe in the fall. Eaten raw or often used for making jelly.
1 - 1.5” purplish-brown, bell shaped, with 6 petals; appearing with or slightly before the leaves.
Wildlife value: 
Fruit is food for small mammals, birds, and insects in the fall and attracts multiple insects and butterflies. Small size limits cover benefit for most animals.
Flower (side view)
Flower (frontal view)
Leaf type: 
Wildlife value: 
Tree dimensions: 

Leaf length: 5.00-11.00 inches
Tree height: 10.00-40.00 feet

Where to find Pawpaw on the Louisiana State Arboretum Trails:

BCY - Bald Cypress Loop 12.0

PAW - Pawpaw Loop Trail 11.0

WET - Wetland Trail 14.0

Refer to our Live Map to locate this species and its interpretative signage on the trail system.