Maryland DNR Paw Paw Video
This damp habitat contains a cluster of paw paw trees, a small understory tree that produces the largest edible fruit native to the United States. Raccoons, squirrels, opossums, and other small mammals are attracted to the mango-like fruit. Paw paws are also critical to the life cycle of the zebra swallowtail butterfly, whose larvae feed exclusively on paw paw leaves.
A zebra swallowtail hard at work pollinating a paw paw plant.(Courtesy of Maryland DNR)
The paw paw tree and its fruits. (Courtesy of Maryland DNR)