dwarf pawpaw
Asiminia parviflora
  • LEAVES: alternate, simple, deciduous; abovate; rusty pubescent below; aromatic (bell pepper); dorsal surface of petiole is concave
  • FLOWER: dark red to purple to green; in axils of last years leaves; inconspicuous, less than 2 cm
  • FRUIT: 1 to 2 inch berry, kidney shaped; July to Sept
  • TWIGS: rusty pubescent twig and buds
  • BARK:
  • FORM: low shrub, less than 2 meters tall
  • HABITAT: moist, well-drained uplands and pine lands
  • WETLAND DESIGNATION: Facultative Upland (FACU): Usually occurs in non-wetlands, but may occur in wetlands of the Atlantic and Gulf Coast Plain Region
  • RANGE: southern US, Virginia to Florida to Louisiana
  • USES: Important food for fox, opossum; moderate quality deer browse
  • Best Recognition Features:
    1. rusty pubescent twigs and buds
    2. obovate, aromatic (bell pepper) leaves
    3. small shrub

    NOTE: some people are sensitive to pawpaw, and react with contact dermatitis; some suffer severe gastro-intestinal problems when they eat the fruit