Illustrations and photos by "Wildman," clipart from Clipart.com
Also see "America's Puckery Persimmon" by "Wildman" in
Early American Life Magazine, December, 2006.
Persimmon Tree in Kissena Park
American persimmons are sometimes planted in urban parks.
Eat only fully ripe fruit, nearly rotten-looking, or you'll be in for an unpleasant astringent surprise.
4-lobed yellow flowers with globular bases bloom in the spring.
The oval, alternate (single) unserrated leaves make an excellent herb tea, rich in vitamin C.
The pulpy, orange, globular fruits are ripe only after they wrinkle and discolor.
The orange, stalkless fruit attaches directly to the slender twig.
Note the wrinkles, cracks, and discoloration.
This member of the ebony family has characteristic dark bark. It's broken into distinctive rectangles, like a mosaic, making it easy to recognize.
The best place for persimmons in NY is around this pond in Muttontown Preserve in East Norwich, NY.