Mature Size: Up to 40 feet in height and 1 foot in diameter.
Form: Small tree or shrub, often forming thickets.
Habitat: Understory of hardwood forests, especially in moist floodplains.
Alternate, simple, 5 to 11 inches long, somewhat pear-shaped; when crushed, gives an unpleasant smell like fresh asphalt.
Purplish-brown, broadly bell shaped, 1 to 1½ inch across, with 6 petals, appearing with or slightly before the leaves.
Fleshy, edible, 2½ to 4 inches long, resembling a short, fat banana; at first green, turning yellowish then brown as they ripen in the fall.
Smooth, brown, splotched with wart-like pores, often with light gray patches.
Pawpaw fruits are eaten by raccoons, opossums, squirrels and birds.
Pawpaw leaves are the only food source for caterpillars of the beautiful zebra swallowtail butterfly.