Asimina triloba Potomac®

(Potomac Pawpaw)


Hardiness Zones:

 4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Asimina triloba, commonly called pawpaw, is a native small understory tree or large shrub which typically grows 15-20′ tall (sometimes to 30′) and occurs in low bottom woods, wooded slopes, ravines and along streams. Often spreads by root suckers to form colonies or thickets. Large, slightly drooping, elliptical, medium green leaves (6-12″ long) retain green color well into fall before turning to a bright (but sometimes undistinguished) yellow. Cup-shaped, purple flowers  appear in spring, and give way to edible, oblong, yellowish green fruits which mature in early autumn to a dark brown. Flavor and fleshy consistency of the sweet-flavored fruits resembles bananas. Fruits are frequently eaten raw or used in ice creams or pies, although they can produce nausea in some people. Wildlife (e.g., raccoons, squirrels and opossums) eagerly seek out the fruits and often beat humans to the harvest. Early Americans made a yellow dye from the pulp of the ripened fruit.

Key features of Potomac Pawpaw:

  • Extremely fleshy. Percent seed ~ 4% by weight.

  • Flavor sweet and rich. Texture firm, melting, smooth. Flesh color medium yellow.

  • Fruit size typically 12+ oz. Medium productivity.

  • Strong apical dominance – ie, the tree grows very upright, is less spreading than most.

  • The overall fruit quality on this variety is impressive.


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Easily grown in average, medium to wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, acidic, fertile soils. Will grow in shade but becomes leggy.

Additional information

Common Name

Potomac Pawpaw

Botanical Name

Asimina triloba 'Potomac'


15 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-sun, Sun


15 to 20 ft.


15 to 20 ft.

Soil Condition


Water Needs

Average to moist

Blooming Period


Flower Color




Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


Fall Color


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