This species is a medium sized tree and can grow up to 60 feet tall. It tolerates dry to wet sites, and typically forms large thickets through root sprouting. Its wood is used for shuttles, golf club heads, shoe lasts, etc. Fruit is pulpy and edible; bark dark gray and broken up into small blocks.

The Persimmon tree, scientific name Diospyros virginiana for the American Persimmon, means "fruit of the gods" and is a reference to its sweet golden-orange fruit. The tree grows from 30 to 70 feet in height. It has drooping branches and leaves and a tropical look. Many are grown specifically for its fruit. Tea can be made from the leaves.

Its leaves begin as a pale yellow-green and mature into a shiny green. Most persimmon trees are either male or female. The female persimmon tree produces single cream-colored flowers while the male flowers have a pink tint to them and are born in clusters of three.

Persimmon fruit comes during the summer months and varies in color from light yellow orange to dark orange red. The fruit is sweet when ripe but has an extremely bitter taste if eaten before it has ripened. It is often advised that persimmons should not be eaten on an empty stomach. Horses may develop a taste for the fruit growing on a tree in their pasture and overindulge, making them quite ill.

Though persimmon trees belong to the same genus as ebony trees, persimmon tree wood has a limited use in the manufacturing of objects requiring hard wood. It is hard, but cracks easily and is somewhat difficult to process.
Persimmon Tree

Persimmon Fruit
In North America, the lightly colored, fine-grained wood is used to manufacture billiard cues and textile shuttles. Persimmon wood was also heavily used in making the highest-quality heads of the golf clubs known as "woods" until the golf industry moved primarily to metal woods in the last years of the 20th century. Over the last few decades persimmon wood has become popular among bow craftsmen, especially in the making of traditional longbows. Persimmon wood is used in making a small number of wooden flutes and eating utensils such as wooden spoons and cornbread knives (wooden knives that may cut through the bread without scarring the dish).

Persimmon in the Fall Persimmon Blossom Persimmon Leaf


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