Asimina triloba Pawpaw Annonaceae ASTR; R ro;

Asimina triloba (pawpaw) flower. MBGargiullo ca. 2007

Asimina triloba (pawpaw) flower. MBGargiullo yard, planted, Central NJ, ca. 2007

Asimina triloba is a shrubby tree, to 10 m., colonial. 

Leaves alternate, widest at or above middle, tip abruptly pointed, base gradually tapered, margins entire, buds naked, hairy. 

Flowers solitary, greenish purple to 4 cm wide, regular; blooms April-May. 

Asimina triloba (pawpaw) fruit.Richard Barry.Andover, MA.9/21/2016

Asimina triloba (pawpaw) fruit.Richard Barry.Andover, MA.9/21/2016

Fruit about 10cm long, greenish yellow turning black when ripe; Aug.-Sept., flesh edible, several flat, hard seeds. 

Wetland status: FACU+. 

Frequency in New York City: Very infrequent. Rare in NYS Threatened.

Origin: Western NY west to NE and TX. 

Habitat: Moist woods. 

Notes: Originally from horticultural planting but apparently spreading locally in S. Staten Island..