PawPaw Mango (Asimina triloba ‘Mango’) is extremely similar to the PawPaw Allegheny tree. Both trees produce fruit with custard-like flesh and citrusy tastes, which are important to Indigenous North American people. The PawPaw plays an important role in reconnecting displaced Indigenous people, who used to live in Appalachia before they were forcibly removed, to their homelands. The PawPaw tree is a wonderful habitat and resource for butterflies and moths, attracted to the tree in the spring when it bursts with beautiful purple flowers. Additionally, the PawPaw tree serves as a food source for native wildlife, like raccoons, but is hardy and deer-resistant. Source.
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Photos taken at Old Town June 2022.