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20-40cm Paw-paw Plant | 3L Pot | Asimina triloba

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Paw-paw Plant | 3L Pot | Asimina triloba

Pawpaw, is a large shrub native to the eastern United States but thrives in the UK climate. It can grow up to 5 meters tall if left unchecked and can be spread by root suckers to form colonies or thickets. Large, slightly drooping, elliptical, medium green leaves retain a vibrant green colour well into fall before turning to a brilliant yellow. The pulp of the ripened fruit is a vibrant yellow that was once used by early Americans as a die. Cup-shaped, purple flowers blossom in spring, and give way to edible, rectangular, yellow/green fruits which mature in early autumn to a rich brown colour. The sweet-flavored fruits bares an uncanny resemblance to bananas not with flavour and consistency, if not shape. Fruits can be eaten straight from the bush but are beautiful ice creams or pies and a great unique addition to a smoothie if you are looking for something to shake it up a bit. Wildlife eagerly seek out the fruits during winter so make sure you get there first!

Fruit Benefits

These fruits should be eaten or frozen within a few days of harvest. They please even the most sophisticated of palates, and can be made into jams and preserves to bring great summer memories on autumn or winter days. Freshly picked fruit will bring your desserts to life with a flavour that simply can't be matched by mass produced, shop bought fruit. When planning your garden, try to choose varieties with fruits that ripen from early summer to late autumn to ensure a constant supply of fresh fruits throughout the warmer months.

  • Arrives as: 3L Pot Shrub
  • Approx height on arrival: 20-40cm (0.6-1.3 ft)
  • Shrub is approx. 2 years old
  • Fruit: Yellow/ green berries
  • Flower Colour: Purple
  • Foliage Colour: Green
  • Approx. Growth Height: 3-5m
  • Approx Spread: 1-1.5m
  • Flowering Period: Spring
  • Harvesting Period: August/ September
  • Tolerance: Frost tolerant, fairly drought tolerant once established
  • Growing Habit: Bushy
  • Self pollinating: No - needs a partner
  • Uses: Eating fresh, cooking, jams/preserves, smoothies/drinks
  • Hardiness: hardy
  • Exposure: sheltered
  • Rate of Growth: max. Height in 2-5 years
  • Scented: No
  • Wildlife friendly - Attracts bees and other pollinating insects, provides food for birds

Please note: where your plant is supplied with a pot, your plant's 'Height on Arrival' includes the pot

Advice on hot and droopy plants

If your plants are looking a little wilted right now, don’t worry! Plants like to be filled with water to keep their structure, and when it’s hot that water evaporates.

Just give them an off-schedule watering and they’ll be right as rain in no time! Be careful not to flood them - plants don’t like extremes.

More Information
Colour Test Sand
Harvesting Period Mid Season Fruit Trees
Common Name Paw-Paw
Harvest Month August, September
Is Collection/Mix? No
Needs Ericaceous Compost? No
Species Soft Fruit Plants
Time To Crop 1 Year
Uses Fruiting Plants Suitable For Eating Fresh
Colour Sand
Pollination Group Self-Fertile
Annual Rate Of Growth Fast Growing
Supplied As 2L-3L Pot
Type Soft Fruit Plants
Shop By Category Soft Fruit Plants