A small tree or large shrub indigenous to the U.S., Pawpaw may be grown for its greenish-yellow, banana-flavored fruits or as an ornamental. The dark green, drooping leaves are handsome all summer and turn yellow in fall. Inconspicuous dark red flowers produced in spring yield irregularly-shaped fruits. A sunny site in moist, fertile soil suits it best, and two or more different clones are required for good fruiting. Pawpaws taste something like banana-cream pie with an intriguing tropical note. They are almost never available in markets because they're practically unshippable due to the soft texture. The only way to enjoy them is to grow your own! Z. 5-8
Asimina triloba 'Pennsylvania Golden' - Pawpaw
A relatively new selection, bearing large, yellow fruits with golden flesh in mid-September, one of the earliest to ripen.
Asimina triloba 'Sunflower' - Pawpaw
A reliable producer of fine-textured delicious fruit with yellow skin and butter-colored flesh. Ripens in early October. If you have room for only one Pawpaw, you may want to try 'Sunflower' as it is reported to be somewhat self-fruitful, though always better with a pollinator. Selected from the wild in Kansas.