This shrub has alternate, pear-shaped leaves that droop downward. Flowers are tiny, dark purple to black in color. The flowers generally appear before the leaves, blooming from April to May. The fruits appear sometime between August and October and are mango-like in shape. They are yellowish-green to brown colored outside and have a pulpy, orange-colored flesh inside.
Zebra swallowtail butterfly larvae (caterpillars) eat only Pawpaw leaves. If you look at Pawpaw leaves up close, you will notice that they have fine whitish hairs on the upper surface and then rust-colored hairs on the underside. Many animals eat the Pawpaw fruits, including opossums and squirrels.