Black Persimmon

Black PersimmonTexas Persimmon

Mexican Persimmon, Black Persimmon

Diospyros texana Scheele

Whole plant

Family : Ebenaceae

Longevity : Perennial

Origin : Native

Season : Cool

Texas Persimmon grows in a grove, has many basal stems and is rhizomatous. It is an evergreen shrub with a thick canopy reaching six to ten feet in height. It grows in sandy, shallow, and rocky soils of the South Texas Plains and the Edwards Plateau. Flowers bloom from February to June. Texas Persimmon provides food for deer and insects. Livestock browse this plant occasionally and the fruit is used by humans, birds, and small mammals. The canopy provides shelter for birds and small mammals. Black dye can be created from the fruit and the wood is used for manufacturing tools and engraving. It is a popular ornamental plant in urban landscaping.

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