Diospyros virginiana (Common Persimmon)

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Common Persimmon is a deciduous tree that can be either a low growing, shrubby tree or a large tree (up to 80 ft in rich moist soil), depending on the growing conditions.  It is best known by its sweet fruit that tastes somewhat like dates. It is very astringent when not ripe, but after being exposed to frost or consistent low temperatures, the fruit becomes edible. Two trees are necessary for the production of fruit. It can form colonies via suckers.

Common Persimmon is tolerant of shade. It grows best in moist, rich soils. Native habitat includes dry wooded areas, fields, and clearings. 

The fruit is eaten by many species of song birds, also by the skunk, raccoon, opossum, gray and fox squirrels, white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, bobwhite, crows, and rabbits. Deer browse readily on persimmon sprouts.



Texas native Yes
Water use Low
Sun exposure Full sun to part shade
Bloom color White, green
Bloom time Spring
Mature height 15-80 ft
Attracts Birds, moths, mammals
Host plant Luna moth
Edible Yes, fruit




 Present in state
 Present in county and native
 Native to North America, but adventive & escaped in state         
 Not present in state
 Present and rare, native in county
 Previously present, now extinct
 Questionable presence (cross-hatched, regardless of color)