Smallflower pawpaw, Small-flower pawpaw, Dwarf pawpaw
Annonaceae (Custard-Apple Family)
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Root Type: Tap Leaf Retention: Deciduous Leaf Arrangement: Alternate Leaf Complexity: Simple Leaf Shape: Obovate Leaf Venation: Pinnate Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous Leaf Margin: Entire Leaf Apex: Acuminate Breeding System:
Flowers Bisexual Fruit Type: Berry Size Notes: Shrub
up to 10 feet tall. Leaf: Alternate, simple, oblong
pointed at the tip, tapering to the base, without teeth, smooth at maturity, except for some hairs on the veins on the lower surface, up to 8 inches long. Flower: Solitary,
borne in axils of the leaf scars, maroon, up to 3/4 inch across, usually with a slightly bad odor. Fruit:
Berries greenish yellow at maturity, smooth, up to 3 inches long. Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May
, VA Native Distribution:
Coastal plain pine forests from s.e. VA
& e. TX Native Habitat:
Dry, piney or oak woods; thickets
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Fertile, loose, acid soils.
Conditions Comments: Good understory plant.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Last Update: 2013-09-07