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Persimmon

Persimmon

Persimmon

Persimmon
Diospyros virginiana

Persimmons are found throughout the state but mostly in open areas or along the forest edge. Like the holly, persimmon trees are either male or female, with the female producing a seeded fruit 1 to 2 inches in diameter that sweetens as it ripens. Persimmon fruit is a staple in the diets of many animals. Its wood is hard, polishes easily, and is used for woodcarving and golf club heads.

Persimmon leaves are 4 to 6 inches long and pointedly elliptical with wavy edges. Its fruit appears in October. Ripened by frosts, it has a rare sweet flavor.

 

Location Points C.B.H. Height Crown
221 Oak Rd., Seaford 201 119 68 54
235 Pine Valley Rd., Dover 174 100 60 57
5259 Little Mastens Corner Rd., Felton 129 63 59 27