Diospyros virginianaDiospyros virginiana

  • 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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