Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Asimina triloba 'Variegata'

This tree is relatively new here, probably in the last 4 or 5 years. The variegation isn't there first thing in the spring, but appears when heat and sun bring it out in early summer. It is growing just like any other pawpaw, happily at the edge of the woods. It hasn't flowered yet, but I expect it will soon since it is now about 10 feet tall and looking more like a tree every day. This was just a chance seedling that showed up, not something we were breeding for or anything like that. Pawpaws are really lovely trees, purple bell shaped flowers in the spring and all of those yummy fruits in the fall. With the late freeze this year we'll not have any fruit this year, but the trees are pretty and nicely shaped if they're not crowded by their neighbors and so the fruit is really just a bonus.

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