Texas persimmon Ebenaceae Diospyros
|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:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson