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Diospyros virginiana


Small to large tree 60 feet high with cylindrical or rounded dense crown, also a thicket-forming shrub. Common and widespread on moist soils of valleys and uplands in oak-hickory and pine-oak forests, also a pioneer on clearings and old fields. Important food source for wildlife. Mature persimmon fruits when soft and wrinkled have a sweetish taste and are eaten raw and sometimes prepared in pudding, cake, and beverages. Immature hard fruits have a strong puckery or astringent taste because of tannin, which becomes insoluble in ripening in early autumn before first frost.

Interesting Facts

American Indians dried the fruits like prunes and made persimmon bread. The word persimmon is from the Algonquian name.

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  • SKU: 49
  • Type: Hardwood
  • Hardiness Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Moisture Zones: All, but Panhandle
  • Soil Type: Moist
  • Windbreak: Superior
  • Erosion Control: Good
  • Wildlife: Superior
  • Product Type: Bare-Root Seedlings

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