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Common Name: Persimmon

Species Name: Diospyros virginiana

Plant Type: Woody

Family Name: Ebenaceae, Ebony Family





Plant Facts  
Origin Native
Duration Perennial
Distribution in the U.S. Eastern half from New York south to Florida and west to eastern Kansas and Texas
Distribution in Oklahoma Eastern half of the state



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics


    • Square-plated, dark bark
    • Dark-green, glossy alternating leaves
    • Small-medium tree; typically in small stands


    • Large, oange fruits
  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Growth Form: Tree 
    • Leaf Type: Simple 
    • Leaf Arrangement: Alternate 
    • Leaf Blade Edge: Entire
    • Leaf Blade Length: 6-15 centimeters
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Petal Number: 4
    • Flower Color: Yellowish green to creamy white or orange 
    • Flower Timing: May-June
    • Fruit Type: Berries



Soil Type Variable
Habitat Rocky, dry uplands and swampy bottomlands
Successional Stage Early to mid


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