An unusual large shrub or small tree native to the southeastern and central United States. Plants spread by underground stems and if allowed can develop into sizeable stands. As the foliage emerges in spring, plants display unique 1" purple flowers which develop into 3-5" kidney-shaped fruit. The fruit is edible and enjoyable with a taste that is a bit like a banana or banana-mango blend. The fruit is a bit messy to eat fresh but is certainly worth experiencing. If fresh eating isn't your cup of tea, then maybe pawpaw gelato or pawpaw beer is more your style. Although plants are often capable of producing fruit on their own, production is generally dramatically increased by planting several clones in close proximity. In addition to fruit production, plants have a storied history of use. Apparently, the inner bark was once used to make fish nets!