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Asimina triloba 'Taytoo'

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Taytoo Paw Paw (Asimina triloba 'Taytoo') at A Very Successful Garden Center

Taytoo Paw Paw

Taytoo Paw Paw

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Height:  20 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Pawpaw Apple, False-Banana, Poor Man's Banana


Small tree with delicious edible fruit, similar in taste to a banana/pear with a custard consistency; can substitute for banana in recipes, used to make pawpaw wine; fruit is sweet, rich, high in vitamins; however flowers have disagreable fetid odor

Edible Qualities

Taytoo Paw Paw is a small tree that is commonly grown for its edible qualities, although it does have ornamental merits as well. It produces large green oblong fruit with creamy white flesh which are usually ready for picking from mid to late summer. The fruits have a sweet taste with a mushy texture and a distinctive fragrance.

The fruit are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Cooking
  • Preserves
  • Wine-Making

Features & Attributes

Taytoo Paw Paw features unusual lightly-scented nodding dark red flowers from mid to late spring. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The large oval leaves turn an outstanding red in the fall. It features an abundance of magnificent green berries from mid to late summer. The fruit can be messy if allowed to drop on the lawn or walkways, and may require occasional clean-up.

This is a multi-stemmed deciduous tree with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage. This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Aside from its primary use as an edible, Taytoo Paw Paw is sutiable for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Orchard/Edible Landscaping

Planting & Growing

Taytoo Paw Paw will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This tree can be integrated into a landscape or flower garden by creative gardeners, but is usually grown in a designated edibles garden. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Naturalizing  Orchard 
Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features