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American Persimmon, Common Persimmon
Scientific Name: Diospyros virginiana L.
Family: Ebenaceae
American Persimmon, Common Persimmon (Diospyros  virginiana)
Diospyros virginiana, leaf and bark, picture by Robert H. Mohlenbrock. USDA NRCS. 1995. Northeast wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species.
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 3-9,14-16,18-23
USDA: 4-9

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Southern USA

Growth Habits: Small to medium-sized tree 20 to 50 feet tall (6-15 m), 20 to 35 feet spread (6-10 m); leaves lustrous dark green above

Watering Needs: Moderate water

Propagation: Root cuttings and grafting, seeds

Diospyros virginiana, Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 2: 720.

Diospyros virginiana, flowers, picture by Robert H. Mohlenbrock. USDA NRCS. 1995. Northeast wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species.

Cultural Practices:
The trees are difficult to transplant because of their deep tap root.

Blooming Habits:
Usually dioecious, inconspicuous white to greenish-white flowers, from March to June. The male flowers are in 3's, 0.3 to 0.5 inch long (8-12 mm), while the female flowers are solitary, slightly larger, 0.5 to 0.8 inch long (1.2-2 cm).

Fruiting Habits:
A green plum-like spherical berry turning orange to black when ripe, 0.8 to 2 inches in diameter when ripe (2-5 cm). The fruit is very astringent if not fully ripe, very sweet and edible when soft and ripe in September to November. Contrarily to a common concept, frost is not needed for the fruit to soften. The persimmon doesn't bear fruit until at least 10 years old. The fruits are born only to the female trees, if there is a male tree in the proximity.

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