common persimmon
Diospyros virginiana

Common persimmon is a slow growing, deciduous species of the U.S. southeast. Common persimmon occurs in environments that range from moist and rich to very dry and sterile. The fruits of this tree are enjoyed by humans and wildlife alike.

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Timber Value

      Persimmon's hard, smooth wood is used for turnery, plane stocks, shoe lasts, shuttles, and golf club heads.


Wildlife Value
      Deer browse on persimmon. The fruit is eaten by many wildlife species.
          Attracts: songbirds, turkey, bobwhite, crow, rabbit, opossum, skunk, raccoon, squirrel, deer, hogs

Regeneration methods
      This species is not typcially regenerated. Very tolerant of shade, and a tough competitor in dry environments, common persimmon will take care of regenerating itself.

Fun facts
The fruits are edible and quite good, andseveral cultivars of persimmon are have been selected and propagated for greater fruit size and quality. Fruits must be eaten after the first frost or they will cause severe mouth puckering. Persimmon flowers are useful in the production of honey. The wood is dark brown, heavy, hard, shock resistant and commonly used for golf clubs.
Diospyros: Greek "dios" (divine) and "pyros" (wheat) referring to the edible fruit / virginiana: of Virginia
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