Pawpaw Tree

Remember those beautiful Zebra Swallowtails we featured on the last day of the Blogging A to Z Challenge? If not, take a link back to April 30th! Their caterpillars eat Pawpaw leaves.

Pawpaw Tree leaves

The Pawpaw tree, Asimina triloba, grows along streams and river bottoms. The leaves are really plain, but can get huge – 10 to 12 inches long. If your backyard is on a stream, or kind of wettish, you could grow one of these, and sing that song Miz Flora sings: “Pickin’ up paw-paws, put ’em in your pockets.”

Hickory and I aren’t quite sure if this is something squirrels want to do, but we’ll find out and let you know. And maybe we’ll be able to find some larger trees later in the season to show you. Ones with pawpaws.

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