1ft Paw-paw Plant | 3L Pot | Asimina triloba

Code: TR05513L
1ft Paw-paw Plant | 3L Pot | Asimina triloba
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!

  • Arrives as: 3L Pot Shrub
  • Approx height on arrival: 30-70cm
  • 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


  • Light Requirements: Partial shade, full sun
  • Soil Requirements: Acid, alkaline, neutral, clay, loamy, sandy (will tolerate most soil types)
  • Moisture: Moist but well-drained, well-drained

Optional Extras
  • 60g Empathy rootgrow™ Mycorrhizal Fungi
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  • 1L Grow Your Own Liquid Seaweed Fertiliser by Empathy™
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  • Full Tree Planting Kit - Empathy™ Rootgrow, Afterplant and Tree Stake & Tie
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Selected items will be included with your purchase

Caring and Maintenance

Water during dry periods. Remove any weeds by hand and place a mulch around the plant in winter if you would like to avoid further weeds. Prune when dormant between late autumn and late winter. Aim to remove the old wood, as fruit grows on new wood.


  • Planting Distance: 1.2m

These soft fruits will tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, but prefer well-drained conditions. A pH of 4.0 - 6.0 is ideal. They prefer full sun, but will also grow in partial shade.
Dig a hole at least twice the size of the root ball. Ideally, mulch with compost or rotted manure. Firm the bush in well before watering.

Can be planted at any time of the year, as it is a containerised plant.

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.


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