SelecTree: Tree Detail
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Resistant to oak root fungus. Fruit needs to be soft-ripened; is very sweet. Both bark and fruit have been used to treat fever and heart disease.
Native to Eastern and Southern United States.
Trees may be referred to as male or female.
Additional Common Names
AMERICAN PERSIMMON, COMMON PERSIMMON, POSSUMWOOD, FLORIDA PERSIMMON
Erect or Spreading with a High Canopy.
Rounded or Spreading Shape.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 40 - 60 feet.
Width: 20 - 35 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Oval, Green, Red or Orange, Deciduous.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Flowers in Spring. Has either male or female reproductive parts (dioecious). Trees may be sold as male or female.
Prolific, Orange, Purple or Yellow Berry, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Fall Edible.
Bark Black, Dark Brown or Dark Gray, Blocky.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Wet Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 3 - 9, 14 - 16 and 18 - 23.
USDA Hardiness Zones 4 - 9.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Wet to Dry Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Not Suited.
Pests & Disease Information
Resistant to Armillaria. Susceptible to Caterpillars, Crown Rot, Root Rot and Verticillium.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Strong.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.
None Known Health Hazard.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Diospyros virginiana Tree Record." 1995-2020. Sep 29, 2020.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/diospyros-virginiana >