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Scrub Pawpaw (Asimina obovata)

scrub pawpaw

Sometimes called flag pawpaw, the scrub pawpaw is restricted to scrubs in central and coastal peninsular Florida. Scrub pawpaw is a shrub that resprouts after fire and reaches up to 6-10' in height. The beautiful flowers are fragrant and up to 4" across. They are followed by sweet, banana-like fruits up to 3" long that are relished by wildlife. (Bet you can't find a ripe one!) The foliage of all the pawpaws is malodorous and this one is no exception. Cattle leave it alone, and often the only plants above ground level in a pasture are the pawpaws. Scrub pawpaws bloom in the early spring and put on quite a show! They are available from several native plant nurseries.

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