Diospyros virginiana - Persimmon
A versatile, deciduous tree that produces sweet fruit for birds, mammals, and humans. Typically dioecious, Persimmon trees need both male and female trees to produce fruit. Green leaves are large and oval-shaped, becoming yellow-green in the fall.
- Food and larval source for the Luna Moth
- Attracts bees and other pollinators
- Moderately resistant to deer
- Birds and other mammals are attracted to the sweet fruit
- Distinct thick, dark grey, alligator-like bark, provide winter interest
Map Credit: The Biota of North America
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Incredibly versatile tree! The hard wood of the tree can be used to make golf club heads and billiard cues, the ripe fruit can be eaten directly from the tree or used for syrups, jellies, ice creams, or pies, and the leaves can be used to develop tea.
Grows well in dry, average, or well-drained soil, but grows best in sandy moist soil.