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Plant Name:

Common Persimmon

Scientific Name:

Diospyros virginiana


A native deciduous tree with distinctive orange fruit that ripens in the fall.


Native to eastern North America and often found in a variety of habitats, including dry upland forests and wet bottomlands.


Common Persimmon provides habitat and food for a variety of wildlife species, including birds such as the northern bobwhite and wild turkey who eat the fruit, and mammals such as raccoons and opossums who may also eat the fruit or use the tree for shelter.

Growing Conditions:

Prefers well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade.


The tree's wood has been used for a variety of purposes, including furniture, flooring, and veneer. The fruit is used in a variety of culinary dishes, including pies, puddings, and preserves.

(please exercise caution and consult additional sources or experts before consuming any vegetation):

Fruits (persimmons) can be eaten raw or used in cooking

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Fun Facts:

Common Persimmon is also known as "possumwood" or "southern persimmon".

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