Six other shrubby Asimina species grow in Florida, But the common American pawpaw, Asimina triloba
, is the only true temperate species, and it ranges from Florida to Texas, north to northern New York and even into southern Ontario, and westward to Michigan, Illinois, southern lowa, and southeast Nebraska.
Common name Scientific name N American elderberry Sambucus canadensis 15 American hazelnut Corylus americana 16 American plum Prunus americana 28 Black chokeberry Aronia melanocarpa 10 Buttonbush Cephalanthus occidentalis 27 Common Prunus virginiana 10 chokecherry Eastern redbud Cercis canadensis 15 Flowering dogwood Cornus florida 16 Gray dogwood Cornus racemosa 14 Ninebark Physocarpus opulifolius 10 Pawpaw Asimina triloba
20 Silky dogwood Cornus amomum 19 Washington Crataegus phaenopyrum 16 hawthorn
Also notable as they bloom in the spring are the woody Lindera benzoin (spicebush) and Asimina triloba
The understory is composed primarily of Acer saccharum, Asimina triloba, Fraxinus spp.
The understory is dense with saplings of overstory trees (mostly Acer saccharum) as well as Asimina triloba, Cornus drummondii, Crataegus spp.
(pawpaw) and Nyssa sylvatica (black gum) (mostly root sprouts), dominated the seedling layer, while pawpaw and sugar maple were the common saplings (Table 2).
Shrub and understory species include Acer negundo, Aesculus glabra, Asimina triloba
(which occurred in large-sized stands primarily on the west side of the woods), Carpinus caroliniana, Cephalanthus occidentalis (bordering wet areas), Cornus drummondii (especially along the edge), Crataegus spp.