The paw paw is a small, deciduous tree with large, long leaves and distinctive green, mango-like fruits. It grows in rich, moist forested areas throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Paw paws have long, pear-shaped leaves with pointed tips and fine, white hairs on top and rusty-colored hairs on the bottom. The leaves turn yellow in autumn. Small, maroon flowers with velvety petals bloom in April to May. Yellowish-green, mango-like fruits grow in September to October. The paw paw grows to 35 feet tall.
Paw paws grow in small colonies in rich, moist areas such as river valleys and the understory of hardwood forests.
Grows throughout the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Paw paws usually reproduce asexually when roots bud and form new shoots, which is why they often form small colonies. They can also reproduce sexually with fruits containing 10 to 14 brown, lima bean-shaped seeds that are spread by animals.