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Diospyros virginiana


Florida native


A common small to medium-sized tree of flatwoods, sandhills and hammocks throughout most of Florida except for the keys. The range extends throughout the southeastern United States northeast into Massachusetts and New York, west to Nebraska to Texas, plus Utah and California.
Persimmon trees grow to about 20 m (66 ft.) tall with dark bark breaking into blocks with deep reddish-brown furrows. The leaves are deciduous , alternate and simple with short petioles. Blades are entire and ovate to elliptic with rounded bases and pointed tips. Male flowers are borne in clusters and are tubular. The white to greenish-yellow flowers are 2 cm (3/4 in.) long. Fruit is round, 4-5 cm (1-1/2 - 2 in.) in diameter and orange when ripe.

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Diospyros virginiana is a member of the Ebenaceae - Ebony family.

Native Florida Plants

  Robert G. Haehle; Joan Brookwell
 Low Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening

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Native Florida Plants
Native landscapes are easier to maintain, use less water and thrive without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Native Florida Plants describes every type of regional flora—-from seaside foliage and wildflowers to grassy meadows, shrubs, vines, and aquatic gardens—-in 301 profiles and accompanying color photographs.

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