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common persimmon Diospyros virginiana play

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

Persimmon is found in disturbed areas and in deciduous woodlands. The tree is tolerant of shade and can grow on a variety of soils.


A small to medium sized tree to 60 feet with a round-topped crown of crooked branches. In forest stands the stem may be straight, tall, and slender.

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

Insects and Diseases

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.

Latin Meaning
Diospyros: Greek "dios" (divine) and "pyros" (wheat) referring to the edible fruit / virginiana: of Virginia

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