As fall planting winds down, consider whether you might have one more spot for a tasty native plant.  It’s a great way to add an ecological boost to your landscape, while growing something unusual that you can eat.  Edible native plantings help connect us with the ecosystems around us, and are a powerful way to engage kids with the landscape.

Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) is a tasty native for the Eastern half of the U.S., as far west as Texas.   An easy-care small native tree, Pawpaw thrives in moist conditions in full sun to light shade, with fertile soil.  Although Pawpaws seldom grow taller than 25 feet, they need a lot of horizontal space.  Give them plenty of room, as they sucker and like to grow in colonies, often creating dense, shady thickets.  This is not a plant to tuck into a small planting bed.

Pawpaw’s large, tropical-looking

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