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Plant Details

Diospyros virginiana

Persimmon, Possum Apple, Possumwood

Scientific Name:

Diospyros virginiana

Genus:

Diospyros

Species Epithet:

virginiana

Common Name:

Persimmon, Possum Apple, Possumwood

Plant Type

Tree

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ebenaceae (Ebony Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

36-72 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Dry woods, sandhills, disturbed places, floodplain and mesic forests, fencerows. Common throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Notes:

Good fall color.

Male Blooms

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Jack Spruill

Female Blooms

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Jack Spruill

Blooms and Leaves

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Jack Spruill

New Fruit

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Jack Spruill
Aug 09

Don't eat them when they're green.

Ripe fruit

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David Paynter, Federal Point south of Kure Beach

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

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