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.
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.