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Asimina parviflora

Smallflower pawpaw, Small-flower pawpaw, Dwarf pawpaw

Annonaceae (Custard-Apple Family)

Asimina parviflora (Smallflower pawpaw)
Small-flower or dwarf pawpaw is a 6-8 ft. shrub. Its young shoots and leaves are covered with a rusty down, later becoming smooth. Thick, dark green leaves are heavily scented. Brownish-purple, six-petaled flowers are borne singly in leaf axils before leaf emergence. Cylindric, dark green or brown fruit.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Root Type: Tap
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Obovate
Leaf Venation: Pinnate
Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous
Leaf Apex: Acuminate
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Leaf: Light green
Size Class: 6-12 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Apr


USA: AL , AR , FL , GA , LA , MS , NC , SC , TX , VA
Native Distribution: Coastal plain pine forests from s.e. VA to FL & e. TX
Native Habitat: Dry, piney or oak woods; thickets

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Fertile, loose, acid soils.
Conditions Comments: Good understory plant.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Last Update: 2013-09-07