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Diospyros virginiana L.
COMMON PERSIMMON
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Diospyros virginiana, Persimmon
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FamilyScientific name @ source (records)
Agaricaceae  Phoma diospyri @ BPI (1)
Amphisphaeriaceae  Pestalotia flavidula @ BPI (1)

Pestalotia foliorum @ BPI (1)

Pestalotia guepinii @ BPI (1)

Pestalotia photiniae @ BPI (1)

Pestalotia @ BPI (1)
Andrenidae  Perdita bradleyi @ UCRC_ENT (6)

Perdita townesi @ UCRC_ENT (1)
Aphididae  Prociphilus ( @ NCSU (1)
Auriculariaceae  Auricularia auricula @ BPI (2)
Botryosphaeriaceae  Diplodia natalensis @ BPI (2)

Macrophoma diospyri @ BPI (1)

Phyllosticta diospyrina @ BPI (1)

Sphaeropsis diospyri @ BPI (3)

Sphaeropsis malorum @ 366581B (1); BPI (1); 366581A (1)
Cicadellidae  Erasmoneura vulnerata @ III (1)

Eratoneura bigemina @ III (1)

Eratoneura brevipes @ III (1)

Eratoneura lawsoni @ III (1)

Eratoneura longa @ III (1)

Eratoneura mira @ III (1)

Eratoneura patris @ III (1)

Eratoneura propria @ III (1)

Erythridula aesculella @ III (1)

Erythridula cuneata @ III (5)
Derbidae  Anotia @ MEMU_ENT (1)
Dermateaceae  Gloeosporium diospyri @ BPI (4)
Diaporthaceae  Phomopsis diospyri @ BPI (1)

Phomopsis @ BPI (1)
Diaspididae  Hemiberlesia diffinis @ MEMU_ENT (4)
Diatrypaceae  Eutypella ludibunda @ BPI (2)
Dothideaceae  Dothidea orbiculata @ BPI (1)

Dothidea @ BPI (1)
Exidiaceae  Exidia glandulosa @ BPI (1)
Fomitopsidaceae  Daedalea ambigua @ BPI (1)
Fuscideaceae  Maronea polyphaea @ GAL (1)
Graphidaceae  Graphis lucifica @ GAL (1)
Haematommataceae  Haematomma @ GAL (1)
Hyponectriaceae  Physalospora rhodina @ BPI (1)
Lecanoraceae  Lecanora strobilina @ GAL (1)

Pyrrhospora russula @ GAL (1)

Pyrrhospora varians @ GAL (1)
Miridae  Gn_orthotylinigp4 sp_019 @ AMNH_PBI (1)

Gn_orthotylinigp5 sp_003 @ AMNH_PBI (1)

Gn_orthotylinigp7 sp_001 @ AMNH_PBI (1)

Hyaliodes vitripennis @ MEMU_ENT (3)

Neurocolpus nubilus @ MEMU_ENT (1)
Mycosphaerellaceae  Cercospora atra @ BPI (2)

Cercospora diospyri @ BPI (22)

Cercospora flexuosa @ BPI (9)

Cercospora fuliginosa @ BPI (2)
Nectriaceae  Fusarium roseum @ BPI (3)

Nectria coryli @ BPI (1)

Tubercularia @ BPI (1)
Ochrolechiaceae  Ochrolechia africana @ GAL (1)
Parmeliaceae  Canoparmelia caroliniana @ GAL (1)

Flavoparmelia caperata @ GAL (1)

Hypotrachyna livida @ GAL (2)

Parmelinopsis minarum @ GAL (1)

Parmotrema cetratum @ GAL (1)

Parmotrema hypotropum @ GAL (1)

Usnea strigosa @ GAL (1)
Patellariaceae  Tryblidiella rufula @ BPI (2)
Phyllachoraceae  Phyllachora orbiculata @ BPI (1)
Physciaceae  Physcia pumilior @ GAL (1)
Piesmatidae  Mcateella gibber @ AMNH_PBI (1)
Pleosporaceae  Macrosporium diospyri @ BPI (2)
Polyporaceae  Fomes annosus @ BPI (1)

Polyporus gilvus @ BPI (1)

Polyporus spraguei @ BPI (1)

Polyporus versicolor @ BPI (1)

Trametes malicola @ BPI (1)
Pseudococcidae  Pseudococcus @ MEMU_ENT (1)
Ramalinaceae  Bacidia schweinitzii @ I_GBP (1)
Reduviidae  Zelus luridus @ NCSU_ENT (3)
Schizophyllaceae  Schizophyllum commune @ BPI (1)
Sclerotiniaceae  Botrytis vulgaris @ BPI (1)
Thamnidiaceae  Thamnidium elegans @ BPI (1)
Trichocomaceae  Penicillium expansum @ BPI (1)
Valsaceae  Valsa ambiens @ BPI (1)

Valsa ceratophora @ BPI (1)

Valsa diospyri @ BPI (5)
Xylariaceae  Daldinia concentrica @ BPI (1)

Daldinia vernicosa @ BPI (1)

Hypoxylon mediterraneum @ BPI (1)

Xylaria hypoxylon @ BPI (3)
_  Cephalosporium diospyri @ BPI (4)

Dendrina diospyri @ BPI (2)

Gn_ms_flectotheca sp_wa0909msp100 @ AMNH_PBI (1)

Gn_ms_granitohyoidea sp_wa0909msp119 @ AMNH_PBI (1)

Gn_ms_naranjakotta sp_ms_hakeaphila @ AMNH_PBI (1)

Isariopsis linderae @ BPI (3)

Valsaria insitiva @ BPI (2)

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Diospyros virginiana L.
common persimmon

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General Information
Symbol: DIVI5
Group: Dicot
Family: Ebenaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit : Tree
Native Status : L48   N
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Synonyms

Symbol Scientific Name
DIMO7 Diospyros mosieri Small
DIVIM2 Diospyros virginiana L. var. mosieri (Small) Sarg.
DIVIP2 Diospyros virginiana L. var. platycarpa Sarg.
DIVIP3 Diospyros virginiana L. var. pubescens (Pursh) Dippel
DIVIV4 Diospyros virginiana L. var. virginiana

Classification

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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Dilleniidae
Order Ebenales
Family Ebenaceae – Ebony family
Genus Diospyros L. – diospyros
Species Diospyros virginiana L. – common persimmon

Subordinate Taxa

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Legal Status

Threatened and Endangered Information:
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete protected plant list for that location.
Connecticut persimmon Special Concern
New York persimmon Threatened

Wetland Status

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North America
Arid West FAC
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain FAC
Eastern Mountains and Piedmont FAC
Great Plains FAC
Midwest FAC
Northcentral & Northeast FAC
Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast FACU

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Wildlife

Food

Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds
Yarrow Low Low Low

Cover

Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds
Yarrow

Sources

Yarrow, G.K., and D.T. Yarrow. 1999. Managing wildlife . Sweet Water Press. Birmingham.

Description of Values

Value Class Food Cover
High Average 25-50% of diet Regular source of cover
Low 5-10% of diet Infrequently used as cover
Minor 2-5% of diet Sparsely used as cover
Moderate Average 10-25% of diet Occasional source of cover


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3. Diospyros virginiana Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 2: 1057. 1753.

Possumwood

Diospyros mosieri Small; D. virginiana var. mosieri (Small) Sargent; D. virginiana var. platycarpa Sargent; D. virginiana var. pubescens Nuttall

Trees, to 15-30(-40) m. Bark dark reddish brown, deeply furrowed and irregularly blocky, not flaking. Leaves deciduous; petiole 0.7-1 cm; blade dark green and glossy adaxially, broadly ovate to elliptic, (5-)6-15 × 2.5-8 cm, thin, apex acute to acuminate, abaxial surface glabrous (or sparsely pubescent, especially when young), without basilaminar glands. Inflorescences solitary flowers or 2-3-flowered cymes, borne on twigs of current season. Flowers 1-2 cm; sepals 4; petals 4; stamens 16; anthers dehiscent along their entire length; pistillate flowers usually with 8 staminodes; styles 4, connate basally; ovary glabrous (except at apex). Berries yellow to orange or dark red (rarely purple), often glaucous, depressed-globose, globose, oblong, ovoid, or conic, (2-)3-5(-7.5) cm diam., glabrous (except at apex). Seeds reddish brown, ellipsoid, ca. 1.5 cm. 2 n = 60, 90.

Flowering Mar-Jun; fruiting Aug-Dec. Forests, seasonally flooded bottomlands, dry ridgetops, abandoned agricultural land; 0-1100 m; Ala., Ark., Conn., Del., Fla., Ga., Ill., Ind., Iowa, Kans., Ky., La., Md., Miss., Mo., N.J., N.Y., N.C., Ohio, Okla., Pa., S.C., Tex., Va., W.Va.

The extensive morphological variation in Diospyros virginiana , coupled with variable chromosomal races, merits further taxonomic study. Pubescent leaves and purple fruits, most common in the Ozark region, suggest past hybridization with D. texana . These and other distinctive traits may characterize whole clonal groves through root-suckering. The fruits were an important food for wildlife, native peoples, and Euro-American colonists, but have never been effectively commercialized, despite selection of superior clones over the years. Wild persimmons are extremely astringent until thoroughly ripe. The tough, hard wood has been used for shuttles and heads of golf clubs.

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Diospyros virginiana
Diospyros virginiana
American Persimmon
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Diospyros virginiana
American Persimmon
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Diospyros virginiana
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American Persimmon
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Diospyros virginiana
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American Persimmon
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American Persimmon
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