One of the most interesting things about the pawpaw trees is the fact that they are the sole larva host of the Zebra Swallowtail butterfly! See the picture for this beauty! Mature trees attract dozens of these each year and it is a breathtaking sight! Pawpaw has ornamental qualities as well. Its small size and attractive cone shape make it suitable for the small, residential landscape.
The pawpaw resembles a deciduous magnolia, although its bold, lance-shaped leaves droop toward the ground. When crushed, the leaves have a pungent odor reminiscent of bell pepper. Two-inch wine-colored flowers appear briefly in spring just as the leaves are developing. The fruits, which ripen in the fall and range in length from 2 to 4 inches, are the largest edible fruit from any native North American tree.
Good drainage is essential to success. Pawpaws will not thrive in heavy or waterlogged soil. In habit it is a small tree, seldom taller than 25 feet. Grown in full sun, the pawpaw tree develops a narrowly pyramidal shape with dense, drooping foliage down to the ground level. In the shade it has a more open branching habit with few lower limbs. Fall color, which is usually a soft, butter-yellow, can be outstanding. The tree is virtually disease and pest-free and requires no maintenance.
These trees are about 2-3 feet tall. Trees will be shipped bare root with moist material around their roots.