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American Persimmon

Diospyros virginiana


The very green and unripe fruit of this persimmon tree still mimics the shape of the inconspicuous flower from which it develops. When ripe, the sweet fruit of Persimmon somewhat recalls the flavor of dates. Immature fruit contains tannin and is strongly astringent. Persimmons are consumed fresh and are used to make puddings, cakes, and beverages. Native Americans made persimmon bread and stored the dried fruit like prunes. Opossums, raccoons, skunks, deer, and birds also feed upon the fruit. Principal uses of the wood are for golf-club heads, shuttles for textile weaving, and furniture veneer. The seeds were used as buttons during the American Civil War.


The tree grows wild but has been cultivated for its fruit and wood since prehistoric times by Native Americans. Native Distribution: FL to e. TX, n. to CT, s. IN, s. IA & e. KS Native Habitat: Dry woods; old fields; clearings


Spotted growing in back yard in a residential subdivision.

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Georgia, USA

Spotted on Jun 12, 2013
Submitted on Oct 16, 2013

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