At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Annonaceae
Latin Name: Asimina triloba
Foliage: Green
Fall Foliage: Yellow
Bloom: Purple
Bloom Time: April to May
Shape: Pyramidal
Bark: Gray and smooth
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Zone: Zone 5 to Zone 9
Size: 15 to 30 feet
Spread: 15 to 30 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil

Belonging to the botanical family Annonaceae, this deciduous tree’s smooth gray trunk stretches to a modest height of 15-30 ft., with its pyramidal canopy fanning out to a respective 15-30 ft. span. Found in hilly uplands and fertile bottomlands alike, the clonal understory Pawpaw has a 5-9 hardiness zone rating and a penchant for full sun to partial shade. It prospers in medium, well-drained soils, and can easily be cultivated as either a tall shrub or small tree. Its leaves are simple, spirally arranged, broad, wedge-shaped, and a cheery green color that darkens with age and eventually alters to sunny autumnal gold. From April to May, the Pawpaw’s enthralling flowers blossom, splotches of maroon and purple, often in clusters, and with each flower featuring six deeply veined petals.

In late summer and early autumn, the ornamental Pawpaw produces North America’s largest edible native fruit, distinguished by its beanlike shape, mottled yellowish-green skin, soft creamy flesh, and an exotic sweet flavor that tastes like a medley of mango and banana (resulting in the fruit’s nicknames of “Custard Apple” and “Indiana Banana”, among others). While the tree’s flowers don’t readily attract many pollinators, its fruit is extremely nutritious, high in antioxidants, and can be used in a variety of recipes including bread, pies, muffins, and even ice cream. Pawpaw trees can grow rapidly in optimal conditions, with seedling trees coming into bearing after about five or six years.

It is said that the members of the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1806 thanked their lucky stars for the existence of Asimina Triloba—commonly known as the Pawpaw tree—since this plant was what sustained them on their journey through western Missouri when their rations were low and game was scarce. The Pawpaw did indeed play a vital role in the lives of pioneers throughout the Appalachian Mountains and the Ohio River; many townships throughout the eastern and central United States—where the Pawpaw is native—are named in tribute to this species. It is said that the Pawpaw’s fruit was a favorite dessert of George Washington, and this tree was tenderly cultivated by Thomas Jefferson at his Monticello estate.

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