Fruit trees

Asimina (Asimina triloba)

The Asimina triloba is one of the few tropical species that can live well in climates with frost, and not the weak ones, but the intense ones. It is a tree that also produces edible fruits, and has large leaves, a magnificent green color and flowers… not beautiful, the following .

Its cultivation is not difficult, since in fact it can be had in large but also small gardens, and even in pots.

Origin and characteristics

Image – Flickr/ James St. John

It is a shrub or small tree about 5 meters high, originally from the eastern United States, popularly known as Florida chiromoyo, Assimina, Pawpaw or mountain banana. The leaves are deciduous, large, up to 15-20cm long by 4-5cm wide.

It blooms in spring. The flowers are burgundy red. The fruit is edible, about 15cm long with a flavor between mango and banana.

Varieties

There are a few, the following being the most recommended for being self-fertile:

  • Davis: It is very productive. Its fruits are elongated, with a green skin and yellow pulp.
  • Overleese: produces fruits grouped in three or five, with few seeds.
  • Prima: produces fruits with yellow pulp.
  • Sunflower: produces fruits that are grouped in 3-5, with pale pulp.

What are their cares?

If you want to have a specimen of Asimina triloba, we recommend you take care of it as follows:

  • Location: outdoor, in an area where little by little, as it grows, it is increasingly exposed to direct sun. When young it needs partial shade.
  • Land:
    • Garden: fertile, with good drainage.
    • Pot: you can fill it with mulch.
  • Watering: about 3-4 times a week in summer, and the rest a little less often.
  • Subscriber: in spring and summer, with organic fertilizers.
  • Multiplication: by seeds in summer.
  • Rusticity: resistant to -20ºC, although at 0 degrees it loses its leaves.

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