Deciduous tree with a conical shape maturing at 12-20 feet tall. Native to the woodlands of eastern US. Cold hardy to -25 degrees F. Pawpaw flowers are perfect, in that they have both male and female reproduction, but they are not self-pollinating.
Fruit ripens during a four-week period from mid-August into October. Avoid heavy, wet, alkaline soil. Young plants are sensitive to full sun. Pawpaws are the largest edible fruit native to America. Individual fruits weigh 5 to 16 ounces.