American Persimmon
(Diospyros virginiana)

Persimmons and Flowers
A Pictorial Portrait

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

Persimmon Tree in Kissena Park

American persimmons are sometimes planted in urban parks.

Native to eastern North America, this tree provides abundant superb sweet, pulpy fruit, usually in late fall.

Eat only fully ripe fruit, nearly rotten-looking, or you'll be in for an unpleasant astringent surprise.

Persimmon Flowers
Persimmon Flowers

4-lobed yellow flowers with globular bases bloom in the spring.

Persimmon Branch
Persimmon Branch

The oval, alternate (single) unserrated leaves make an excellent herb tea, rich in vitamin C.

Persimmons on Branch
Ripe Persimmons

The pulpy, orange, globular fruits are ripe only after they wrinkle and discolor.

Persimmon Fruit and Twig
Persimmon on Twig

The orange, stalkless fruit attaches directly to the slender twig.

Ripe Persimmon
Ripe Persimmon

Note the wrinkles, cracks, and discoloration.

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Persimmon Trunk

This member of the ebony family has characteristic dark bark. It's broken into distinctive rectangles, like a mosaic, making it easy to recognize.

Persimmon Pond
Persimmon Pond

The best place for persimmons in NY is around this pond in Muttontown Preserve in East Norwich, NY.

Also see "America's Puckery Persimmon" by "Wildman" in Early American Life Magazine, December, 2006.
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