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Diospyros virginiana
Diospyros virginiana
Common Name: Persimmon
Commonly seen along fencerows, roadsides and field edges. These slow-growing trees produce small, attractive bell-shaped flowers in spring. In fall, the distinctive round, fleshy fruits stand out but are not ready to eat until after a hard frost. After frost, the mature fruits turn orange and taste similar to an apricot. Persimmon fruits are a valuable food source to wildlife including whitetail deer, raccoon, fox and many bird species. The trees form thickets and tend to sucker but can be kept in check through mowing.
Height: 35-60 Feet
Spread: 20-35 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9