The Persimmon Tree-Diospyros virginiana is a small to medium sized deciduous tree. The female flowers are white and sweetly scented growing in almost a bell shape singly at the base of the leaves. Males flowers look similar, however they grow in cluster of 2 or 3 on separate trees. The persimmon grows many habitats, roadsides, old fields, and forest clearings.
Image Citation: Brian Lockhart, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
The fruit is round orange to purple brown, stalkless, soft and juicy when ripe. When not ripe the fruit is extremely astringent, and horrible to the taste. Introduced species of persimmons with larger fruit are also commonly cultivated. The Texas Persimmon has black fruit that stains the hands and mouth when handled.
Image Citation: R.G. Steadman, Bugwood.org
Persimmon fruit is renowned for it's health benefits. The fruits are very high in vitamins B & C. They boost your immune system. improve iron absorption, and have twice the dietary fiber of Apples.
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