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Asimina triloba

15th August 2013

One of those fabulous trees that you read about with fascination but never see in reality. Probably the only member of the Annonaceae that is hardy in the UK. Variously described as a Paw-paw or a Custard-apple, the fruits are edible if they are ever produced.
I saw it growing at Oxford Botanic Garden and shortly after that I was offered a seedling so I thought it was worth a try. Currently growing in a large pot in the Hedychium House, I'm looking for somewhere outside that will be bright but sheltered to give it the maximum chance of fruiting. Native to the SE USA, it will probably need a warm summer to flower here.