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With the newly intensified interest in edible landscaping, experienced gardeners are welcoming the revival of the , an almost-tropical-looking 25-foot-tall landscape tree with foot-long leaves. This pyramidal tree bears half-pound fruit the consistency of creamy custard with a taste somewhere between strawberry and banana. Its winter hardiness is still being debated, but since the is sometimes called the Michigan banana, rest assured it will make it through 15 degrees F. below. Some pawpaw pioneers say minus 15 degrees F. is a cakewalk for this broad-leafed deciduous tree and swear it will take more bone-chilling cold. Grow it in sun or part shade. You might try two different varieties because you need two trees to bear fruit.
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