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Cultural Details for Diospyros virginiana

Common Name:
Common Persimmon

Growth Rate:
Slow to Medium

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Dioecious, white or greenish-white, May-June.

Fruit Details:
Yellowish to pale orange berry ripens after the frost in September/October, lasting into November. The berry is edible, but eating too many fruits together may cause intestinal problems in humans.

Fall Color:
Yellow-green to reddish-purple.

Bark Details:
Thick, dark brownish-grey to almost black on older trees, prominently broken to scaly squarish blocks; handsome and easilly recognizable.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Blackish leaf spot; Fall webworm may develop.

Native Habitat:
Conneticuit to Florida, west to Kansas and Texas

Other Features:
Wood often used for golf club heads, billiard cues, flooring and veneer.

Culture and Care:
Prefers well drained sandy soils, but will tolerate dry soils, pH adaptable, full sun, does well in cities. Transplant balled and burlaped in the spring for best results.

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
740, 2140, 3520, 8665

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.