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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Botanical Garden
  • Pioneer Farm
  • Slave Cabin Garden

  • Hardiness Zones


    This small, colonizing tree produces the largest edible fruit indigenous to the United States. It has dark maroon flowers in the early spring which are pollinated by flies.

    Latin Name

    Asimina triloba


    Family

    Annonaceae


    Also Known As

    Papaw West Virginia Banana Poor Man's Banana


    Type of Plant

    Tree
    Fruit

    Bloom Season

    April - May


    Seasons

    Fall
    Spring

    Specifications

    Max Height: 30'
    Max Spread: 30'

    Uses

  • Edible
  • Naturalize

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun
    Part Shade

    Tollerances

  • Wet Soil

  • Colors


    Native Range

    Eastern, southern, and midwestern United States


    History

    George Washington wrote in his diary on March 7th, 1785 that he, "Planted all my Cedars, all my Papaw, and two Honey locust Trees in my Shrubberies and two of the latter in my groves—one at each ?side? of the House and a large Holly tree on the Point going to the Sein landing."


    Other Details

    Polinator
    Grown by Washington

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