Persimmon

Arbor walk #70

The Persimmon tree is native to the Southeastern U.S. and is easily recognized in winter by its unusual rugged, blocky bark.

Name Persimmon
Latin Name Diospyros virginianna
Type Native
Diameter 22.8″ dbh
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
Foliage Type Deciduous

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.

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