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Persimmon, Common Persimmon, Eastern Persimmon, Possumwood, Date Plum, Jove's Fruit, Winter Plum
Diospyros virginiana


Persimmon is a widely distributed medium to large deciduous tree forming colonies via suckers. It is native to east and east-central Texas but is adaptable to many soil types. Young trees are distinctively pyramidal but become oval with age. The leaves are a dark glossy green that can develop yellow, orange, to red-purple fall color. Females yield edible fruit that can be messy in the landscape.

Plant Habit or Use: medium tree

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: yellow-green to white-green

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: small 1" to 2" diameter persimmons (ovoid berry), ornamental, edible (after sharp freezes)

Height: 35 to 40 ft., can be much taller in the wild

Width: 15 to 20 ft.

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements: medium low

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4

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