Diospyros virginiana L.

Common Persimmon, American Persimmon


Family: Ebenaceae

Genus: Diospyros

Category: Tree - Deciduous

Zones: 4 to 9

Size: To 60' tall and 35' wide

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade

Description: 

Pointed oval leaves, to 6" long, dark green above, paler below. Flowers greenish-white in spring, followed by fruit (on female trees), to 2" diameter, orange. Dark grey bark in rectangular blocks. Has a deep tap root so not easy to move. Deer like the fruit.

Wood is dark and very hard and was used to make utensils and the heads of golf clubs.

History: 

Native to eastern and central US.

Published in Sp. Pl. 2: 1057 in 1753 - Linnaeus cites Catesby's Natural History Volume II plate 76.


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