All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Pawpaw</strong>
<em>Asimina triloba</em> / Annona Family
April 16, 2005<br>
Like other maroon-colored flowers, the Pawpaw tree's blooms have a disagreeable odor; they attract flies and some types of bees. I photographed these flowers at the ...
Pawpaw
Asimina triloba / Annona Family
April 16, 2005

Like other maroon-colored flowers, the Pawpaw tree's blooms have a disagreeable odor; they attract flies and some types of bees. I photographed these flowers at the University of Tennessee Arboretum. Pawpaw trees often grow in groups, thus the song, "Way Down Yonder in the Pawpaw Patch." In the fall the yellow mushy fruits form on the trees. They are edible, but from what I understand, not very tasty. When my son was about 3 years old I took him for a walk on this trail and pointed out the Pawpaw trees to him. He got a confused look on his face, looked at the other trees and asked, "Do they have a Meemaw tree too?" "Pawpaw" was the name he had given my father! :)
Perennial - Tree
Where seen: Norris Dam State Park, Oak Ridge Greenways, University of Tennessee Arboretum

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