The Persimmon tree is native to the Southeastern U.S. and is easily recognized in winter by its unusual rugged, blocky bark.
|Latin Name||Diospyros virginianna
|Color of Leaf||Dark green, glossy|
|Shape of Leaf||Oval, 4″to 6″ long, pointed tips|
|Color of Flower||Yellowish or creamy white|
|Shape of Flower||Male / female flowers separate trees, clusters from 2 to 3|
|Fruit Characteristics||Large , fleshy, 1″ to 1 1/2″ in diameter, orange, ripens in fall|
|Bark Characteristics||Dark, broken into thick blocks|
The tree’s thick, dark green leaves turn yellow in the Fall. Female trees produce large, orange-brown fleshy fruit that are edible after the first frost. It is important to resist the temptation to bite into the fruit before it falls to the group, as it probably is not ripe yet. Although commonly known for its fruit, the wood of the Persimmon is incredibly strong. It is commonly used to make golf clubs and billiard cues.