Texas persimmon Ebenaceae Diospyros texana
Leaf:Alternate, simple, evergreen in the southern part of its range, oblong to obovate, blunt tipped, 1 to 2 inches long, revolute margins, dark green above, paler and maybe slightly fuzzy below.
Flower:Species is dioecious; flowers are small (1/3 inch), white, bell-shaped, appearing in spring.
Fruit:A plum-like, fleshy berry, 1 inch in diameter, with a dry leathery, calyx at the base, initially green but turning nearly black when ripe in late summer.
Twig:Slender, gray and fuzzy for most of the first year; buds are small, blunt, tan and hairy.
Bark:Very attractive, generally smooth with various shades of gray and brown where it peels in patches.
Form:A small tree to 35 feet with multiple trunks spreading to form its unique vase shape.