- BOTANICAL NAME: Diospyros virginiana
- PRONUNCIATION: di-OS-pir-os ver-jin-i-A-na
- COMMON NAME: Persimmon
- FAMILY: Ebenaceae
- NATIVITY: Connecticut south to Florida, west to Kansas and Texas.
- GROWTH HABIT: Upright tree to 40' or 60' in height with slender oval crown.
- HARDINESS: Zone 5-9
- CULTURE: Moist, well-drained soils provide for the best growth but the plant will tolerate hot, dry, poor soils. Tolerant of city conditions.
- SUCCESSIONAL STATUS: Successional
- FACULTATIVE STATUS: Facultative
- LANDSCAPE USE: Adaptable tree for naturalizing and poor sites. Fruit will attract wildlife.
- FOLIAGE: Alternate, simple 2 1/2" - 5 1/2" long. Ovate or elliptical, acuminate apex and rounded base. Dark green in summer. Can have good yellow or reddish purple fall color.
- BUDS: Reddish black, 1/8" long, with two overlapping scales.
- BARK: Mature bark thick and distinctly blocky. Dark-gray color.
- FRUIT: Yellowish orange, 1" - 1 1/2" berry that is vary tasty when ripe. Calyx persistent on female trees, 3-forked peduncles persistent on male trees. Dioecious tree.
- PROPAGATION: Seed, root cuttings, grafting.
- PESTS: None serious.
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