Common Persimmon
Diospyros virginiana

Also called the American Persimmon, this native to the United States has been cultivated for its edible fruit and valuable wood since prehistoric times. Trees can reach heights of 30 m and produce delicious, large orange fruits that ripen in late autumn. Persimmon fruits are high in vitamin C and are used in a variety of desserts. The Latin name Diospyros means “Apple of the Gods.”

Habitat:Forests, roadsides, old fields.
Growth Habit:Deciduous tree, growing 15-20 m tall.
Bloom Time:Summer.
Longevity:Long-lived.
Presence in US:AL AR CA CT DC DE FL GA IA IL IN KS KY LA MA MD MO MS NC NE NJ NY OH OK PA SC TN TX UT VA WV
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