Diospyros virginiana (dye-OS-pear-us ver-gin-ee-AN-uh)
Deciduous Sun Height 60 feet Spread 30 feet Spacing 20 - 40 feet
HABIT: Yellow fall color; dark, deeply fissured bark. Shiny foliage that gracefully droops. 1 inch orange fruit matures after first frost.
CULTURE: Easy, any soil, drought tolerant.
USES: Shade tree.
PROBLEMS: Webworms, messy fruit.
NOTES: This treeís few problems donít keep it from being an excellent shade tree. Japanese varieties are smaller plants but have large fruit the size of apples. Wooden golf clubs were made from persimmon. Native to Texas and the eastern USA.