• Pawpaws in Geauga County?


    Do we have pawpaw trees in Geauga County?

    Naturalist's Response

    Thanks for inquiring about Pawpaw trees.  Yes, indeed we do have them in Geauga County. If you hike the Pawpaw Trail at Big Creek Park, you will see them. In fact, you may feel like you are in a tropical forest.

    Pawpaws belong to the custard-apple family. From a botanical perspective, pawpaws are really special because they are the only member of their family adapted to growing outside of the tropics and able to survive our temperate climate. They get an edible, globular-shaped fruit that has a unique flavor and texture. Pawpaws are also the host plant for the beautiful Zebra Swallowtail butterfly. Naturalist Trevor Wearstler is our local pawpaw guru; perhaps he may have something to add to this post.

    -Naturalist Linda Gilbert