Scientific Name Pronounciation:
Plant Hardiness Zones:
Plant Hardiness Zone(s):
5-20 ft. H; sometimes as tall as 30 ft.
Dark purple-maroon; three lobed; blooms in mid-spring, but is inconspicuous.
Bloom Time Notes:
Large, 3-6 inches long, elliptical; slightly drooping; medium green.
Fruit is oblong and yellowish green; matures in fall to a golden color.
Fruit is very attractive to small mammals.
Low bottom woods, wooded sloped, ravines, and along streams.
Sun or Shade:
Easily grown in average, medium-wet to wet, well-drained soil; full sun to part shade, although if grown in full shade it will become leggy; in its natural habitat it often spreads by root suckers to form thickets; found throughout most of the eastern half of United States including parts of Texas but not in the upper New England states; should be planted in zones with 160 or more frost-free days per year.
The fruit is edible, enjoyed by humans and eagerly sought by wildlife (possum, raccoon, etc.); said to taste like a combination of other fruit, including pineapple, guava, banana, etc.
Other Common Names: Custard-Apple, Custard-Banana