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Asimina obovata

Family: Annonaceae
Genus: Asimina (a-SEE-mee-nuh) (Info)
Species: obovata (ob-oh-VAY-tuh) (Info)

18 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive NativePlantFan9 On Jun 28, 2005, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

A. obovata is native to dry sandy areas, scrub, sandhills, dry sandy pinelands and similar dry or xeric sites throughout most or nearly all of central Florida as far north as Clay County and as far south as Glades County.

The flowers are good for attracting insects and wildlife. It is a good native plant for xeriscaping, a drought-tolerant landscape or wildlife/native plant garden.

Positive MotherNature4 On Jun 25, 2005, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Endemic to the peninsula of Florida, the Scrub Pawpaw is a small tree that looks almost like a dogwood in the landscape. The large white petals have maroon centers.
The edible fruits remind one of tiny bananas 3 to 4 inches long. The fruit matures in early summer.
Though difficult, it is certainly worthy of propagation.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Deltona, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Merritt Island, Florida
Orlando, Florida
East Greenville, Pennsylvania

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