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What is a paw paw patch?

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A pawpaw patch is a group of pawpaw trees (Asmina triloba). These small deciduous trees typically produce root suckers that spread several feet from the trunk. The suckers grow into additional trees, forming a patch of two or more pawpaw trees.

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What is a paw paw patch?
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Pawpaw patches can typically be found in fertile, well-draining soil, usually in the eastern United States. The foliage gives the trees tropical flair, with the deep green, oblong leaves growing as long as 12 inches.

Pawpaw trees produce America's largest native fruit. Each fruit weighs between 5 and 16 ounces, with an appearance similar to a mango. Pawpaw fruit has soft flesh with a texture similar to custard.

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    How do you eat a pawpaw?

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    A pawpaw can be eaten like a mango by first peeling off the outer layer of the skin and then eating it with a spoon. Ripe pawpaws are custard-like in consistency, and their flavor is somewhere between a banana and a mango. Seeds should be avoided because they are toxic, and flesh that is reddish should be cut out, as it is too ripe.

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    What trees grow well in the shade?

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    Among the trees that adapt well to different degrees of shade are the American hornbeam, the pawpaw and the Allegheny serviceberry. All trees require a minimum amount of sun to perform photosynthesis. Trees that grow in heavy shade need less than three hours of direct sunlight and filtered sunlight the rest of the day.

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    What is pawpaw fruit?

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    The pawpaw is a native North American fruit that grows on the largest fruit trees native to the continent. The fruit has a greenish-black appearance on its exterior and features a pale or bright yellow flesh. The pawpaw can grow to between 3 and 6 inches in length.

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    What are some tree species known for shade and drought tolerance?

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    Tree species known for heavy shade tolerance are the allegheny serviceberry, the pawpaw and the hop-hornbeam. The maidenhair tree, the red maple and the mugo pine are known for being drought resistant trees. Among these trees, the hop-horbeam is both drought and shade tolerant.

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