Scientific Name: Diospyros virginiana

Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana)

  • Medium size deciduous tree, at maturity 50-80 feet tall with distinct fruit favored by wildlife that spread the tree seeds through “droppings” in fields and woods
  • Leaves are oval shaped, 3-6 inches long with smooth edges
  • Distinctive dark, blocky bark looking like alligator leather
  • Fruit is a one inch round orange- to-purple berry with large seeds, initially bitter but sweet when ripe in Fall
  • Wood is very hard, used for mallets and previously used for golf club heads

Fun Fact: Persimmon frequently is an early occupier in abandoned pastures

Big Tree Tour on Terry Trail TREE #9 = 19 inch diameter

Continue the Tree Tour!

This tour was created in partnership with:
Land Trust of North Alabama
Society of American Foresters – Mountain Lakes Chapter
U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station
Alabama A&M Forestry & Ecology Center