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.
|Persimmon – Diospyros virginiana|
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