Texas persimmon Ebenaceae Diospyros
texana Scheele symbol: DITE3
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.
Additional Range Information: Diospyros texana is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting Texas persimmon.
External Links: USDAFS FEIS Silvics - USDA Plants Database - Horticulture Information
All material © 2018 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654; range maps courtesy USGS from USDA "Atlas of United States Trees" by Elbert L. Little, Jr., Vol. 1 (1971) 3 (1976) 4 (1977) 5 (1978)