Niche Gardens - North Carolina (NC) Native Pants

Asimina triloba


Full Sun
Partial Shade
Attracts Butterflies

Asimina triloba (Annonaceae)
(a-sim-EE-na tri-LO-ba)

The northernmost member of the tropical custard-apple family, common in wet woods and along riverbanks north to PA and inland to KS. Huge leaves lend a lush feel to temperate gardens and woodlands. In early spring, leathery maroon flowers dangle from bare stems and are pollinated by flies and beetles. Oblong fruit is the largest native to N. America: custardy pulp with a floral banana-like flavor surrounding large brown seeds. Typically forms a clonal patch in the wild, but can be trained as a single pyramidal tree. Flowers and fruits best with more sun, and requires two or more individuals for pollination. Asiminas are the only larval host for the Zebra Swallowtail butterfly.

Bloom color: dark-red
Bloom period: mid-spring
Height: 15-20'
Spread: 15'
Zones: 5-8

Container size: Qt.
Price: $20
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