Dwarf Pawpaw - Asimina parviflora
Less than 20 feet in height and most often a shrub, this is a southern species that ranges as far north as Virginia and west to Texas. It grows in a diversity of habitats that include floodplains and coastal hammocks and mesic woods. The bark is smooth and marked with lenticels. The oblong leaves are alternate, as much as 8 inches long, with a pointed tip. The flowers are bell-shaped with 6 petals and purplish-brown in color; they have a disagreeable odor. The fruit is an aggregate of berries, greenish or yellow-green in color, with a fleshy pulp.