Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana)

[ Trees > Hardwoods . . . ]      Forest Type: Various


Small tree with distinctive bark broken up into square-shaped blocks; leaves shaped like candle flames, 3-6 inches long; fruit a large, orange to purplish berry.

by Michael Kuo

Habitat: Found in southeastern North America in various ecosystems (especially southern hardwood, southern pine-oak, and oak-hickory forests).

Stature: Up to 50 feet high; trunk to about 1 foot in diameter; when mature featuring a broad, rounded crown.

Leaves: 3-6 inches long; simple; alternate; shaped like candle flames; edges even; dark green above; paler green below.

Bark: Thick; broken into distinctive, square-shaped blocks; dark grayish brown to nearly black.

Fruit: A large, round berry 1-2 inches across; greenish becoming orange, often with a purplish cast.

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Diospyros virginiana

Diospyros virginiana

Diospyros virginiana

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