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Diospyros (Diospyros)
Diospyros represent a huge group of trees that are of tremendous commercial and ecological value. Some species produce persimmon fruits, which are cultivated around the world, but especially in China. Other diospyros are commonly referred to as "ebony" trees and are cut for their ebony wood, a sturdy, richly dark hardwood that is used to make expensive furniture and other high-end carpentry. Unfortunately, many diospyros are over logged due to their commercial value. These trees have tremendous ecological value as the fruit is a key source of nourishment for many birds and mammals.
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Key Facts About Diospyros

Attributes of Diospyros

Plant Height
12 m
Spread
8 m
Leaf type
Deciduous

Scientific Classification of Diospyros

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Distribution of Diospyros

Distribution Map of Diospyros

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Cultivated
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How to Grow and Care for Diospyros

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The diospyros genus, renowned for hardiness, manifests diverse care preferences. Basic care needs involve exposure to full to partial sun, consistent watering but never waterlogged conditions, and humus-rich, well-drained soil. They optimally thrive in temperatures above freezing, with some species tolerating colder climates. Common challenges include pests like mealybugs and diseases such as leaf spot. Adaptable to varied environments, they can suffer from nutrient deficiency in poor soils. Seasonal considerations include winter protection for some species, regular pruning after the flowering season, and keeping roots cool in hot summers.
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Exploring the Diospyros Plants

8 most common species:
Diospyros virginiana
Common Persimmon
Common Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) is a deciduous tree native to the eastern parts of North America. Its edible fruits are high in vitamin C and readily eaten by wildlife. Seeds of common Persimmon can be roasted and used as an alternative to coffee; leaves can be dried and used as a tea.
Diospyros kaki
Japanese persimmon
The japanese persimmon tree adds interest and flavor to your edible landscape. These deciduous trees are easy to grow, but do not tolerate very cold temperatures. Blooms appear in mid-spring, and the distinctive persimmon fruit and brightly colored foliage last through the fall. Japanese persimmon fruit can be eaten raw or cooked. They have been cultivated for over 2,000 years in China.
Diospyros texana
Texas persimmon
Texas persimmon is a small tree or large shrub that lives 30 to 50 years. It usually grows about 3 m high, but can get larger in the right conditions. The heartwood of the texas persimmon is black and takes on a high polish, making it perfect for carvings, artwork, and tools. The berries are edible and often used in puddings and custards.
Diospyros lotus
Date-plum
Date-plum was one of the very first cultivated plants. Its cultivation is now widespread because of the popularity of its fruit, which tastes like a cross between a date and a plum. Date-plum is an attractive tree that is often planted in gardens.
Diospyros rhombifolia
Diamond-leaf persimmon
The diamond-leaf persimmon is an attractive ornamental that has orange fruits. The plant belongs to the category of edibles, and the foliage is evergreen. It’s also grown as a bonsai and is used as a rootstock for other species of persimmon. The large glossy fruits are very nutritious and sweet.
Diospyros morrisiana
Morris's persimmon
It is an evergreen small Takagi and its height is 7 to 10 m. The trunk turns black over the years, and the bark peels off irregularly. The leaves are single leaves and are reciprocal. It is oval, 5 to 10 cm long, 2 to 3.5 cm wide, and has a sharp pointed tip. The surface is dark green and slightly glossy, and the back is light green. Put flowers on the leaves of the new branch. The flowers are pale yellow and are bell-shaped about 8 mm long. The flower tip splits and warps four times. It is a hermaphroditic strain, and male and female flowers bloom in the same strain. The male flower has 16 stamens and 2 to 3 scattered. The female flower arrives one by one with one pistil and four degenerated stamens. The fruits are berries, spheroids with a diameter of 1.5 to 2 cm and ripen yellow to dark brown. The seeds are oval with a length of 1 to 1.4 cm.
Diospyros vaccinioides
Small persimmon
Small persimmon is a critically endangered species of persimmon that flowers in the spring and produces fruit in the fall and winter. Bees are attracted to the blossoms and birds eat the fruit so that both animals act as pollinators for this tree.
Diospyros kaki 'Jiro'
Japanese persimmon 'Jiro'
Japanese persimmon 'Jiro' is noted for its hardiness and upright growth form, though the cultivar is smaller than the parent plant, the Japanese persimmon. The cultivar is also prized for its large, orange fruit that's regarded as extremely sweet and non-astringent.

All Species of Diospyros

Common Persimmon
Diospyros virginiana
Common Persimmon
Common Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) is a deciduous tree native to the eastern parts of North America. Its edible fruits are high in vitamin C and readily eaten by wildlife. Seeds of common Persimmon can be roasted and used as an alternative to coffee; leaves can be dried and used as a tea.
Japanese persimmon
Diospyros kaki
Japanese persimmon
The japanese persimmon tree adds interest and flavor to your edible landscape. These deciduous trees are easy to grow, but do not tolerate very cold temperatures. Blooms appear in mid-spring, and the distinctive persimmon fruit and brightly colored foliage last through the fall. Japanese persimmon fruit can be eaten raw or cooked. They have been cultivated for over 2,000 years in China.
Texas persimmon
Diospyros texana
Texas persimmon
Texas persimmon is a small tree or large shrub that lives 30 to 50 years. It usually grows about 3 m high, but can get larger in the right conditions. The heartwood of the texas persimmon is black and takes on a high polish, making it perfect for carvings, artwork, and tools. The berries are edible and often used in puddings and custards.
Date-plum
Diospyros lotus
Date-plum
Date-plum was one of the very first cultivated plants. Its cultivation is now widespread because of the popularity of its fruit, which tastes like a cross between a date and a plum. Date-plum is an attractive tree that is often planted in gardens.
Diamond-leaf persimmon
Diospyros rhombifolia
Diamond-leaf persimmon
The diamond-leaf persimmon is an attractive ornamental that has orange fruits. The plant belongs to the category of edibles, and the foliage is evergreen. It’s also grown as a bonsai and is used as a rootstock for other species of persimmon. The large glossy fruits are very nutritious and sweet.
Morris's persimmon
Diospyros morrisiana
Morris's persimmon
It is an evergreen small Takagi and its height is 7 to 10 m. The trunk turns black over the years, and the bark peels off irregularly. The leaves are single leaves and are reciprocal. It is oval, 5 to 10 cm long, 2 to 3.5 cm wide, and has a sharp pointed tip. The surface is dark green and slightly glossy, and the back is light green. Put flowers on the leaves of the new branch. The flowers are pale yellow and are bell-shaped about 8 mm long. The flower tip splits and warps four times. It is a hermaphroditic strain, and male and female flowers bloom in the same strain. The male flower has 16 stamens and 2 to 3 scattered. The female flower arrives one by one with one pistil and four degenerated stamens. The fruits are berries, spheroids with a diameter of 1.5 to 2 cm and ripen yellow to dark brown. The seeds are oval with a length of 1 to 1.4 cm.
Small persimmon
Diospyros vaccinioides
Small persimmon
Small persimmon is a critically endangered species of persimmon that flowers in the spring and produces fruit in the fall and winter. Bees are attracted to the blossoms and birds eat the fruit so that both animals act as pollinators for this tree.
Japanese persimmon 'Jiro'
Diospyros kaki 'Jiro'
Japanese persimmon 'Jiro'
Japanese persimmon 'Jiro' is noted for its hardiness and upright growth form, though the cultivar is smaller than the parent plant, the Japanese persimmon. The cultivar is also prized for its large, orange fruit that's regarded as extremely sweet and non-astringent.
Wooly-flowered persimmon
Diospyros eriantha
Wooly-flowered persimmon
Wooly-flowered persimmon is a tropical fruit-bearing tree known for its velvety, yellowish to orange persimmon-like fruits. This evergreen species often features glossy, dark green leaves and may produce fragrant, bell-shaped flowers. Thriving in warm, humid climates, wooly-flowered persimmon is adapted to well-drained soils and can be found adorning the landscapes of Southeast Asia, attracting various birds and wildlife with its sweet fruit.
Velvet apple
Diospyros discolor
Velvet apple
Velvet apple (Diospyros discolor) is so-named for its edible fruit, which looks like an apple, but is covered in a fine fur, like a peach. It tastes and smells like a peach too. Native to the Philippines, this tropical tree produces a dark and dense wood that is highly prized for its strength and durability, making it popular for creating ornate furniture, martial arts training tools, and musical instruments.
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Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
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Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
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Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
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Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
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Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
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Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
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Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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Diospyros
Diospyros represent a huge group of trees that are of tremendous commercial and ecological value. Some species produce persimmon fruits, which are cultivated around the world, but especially in China. Other diospyros are commonly referred to as "ebony" trees and are cut for their ebony wood, a sturdy, richly dark hardwood that is used to make expensive furniture and other high-end carpentry. Unfortunately, many diospyros are over logged due to their commercial value. These trees have tremendous ecological value as the fruit is a key source of nourishment for many birds and mammals.
Lifespan
Lifespan
Perennial
Plant Type
Plant Type
Tree
info

Key Facts About Diospyros

Attributes of Diospyros

Plant Height
12 m
Spread
8 m
Leaf type
Deciduous

Scientific Classification of Diospyros

distribution

Distribution of Diospyros

Distribution Map of Diospyros

distribution map
Native
Cultivated
Invasive
Potentially invasive
Exotic
No species reported
care detail

How to Grow and Care for Diospyros

The diospyros genus, renowned for hardiness, manifests diverse care preferences. Basic care needs involve exposure to full to partial sun, consistent watering but never waterlogged conditions, and humus-rich, well-drained soil. They optimally thrive in temperatures above freezing, with some species tolerating colder climates. Common challenges include pests like mealybugs and diseases such as leaf spot. Adaptable to varied environments, they can suffer from nutrient deficiency in poor soils. Seasonal considerations include winter protection for some species, regular pruning after the flowering season, and keeping roots cool in hot summers.
More Info About Caring for Diospyros
species

Exploring the Diospyros Plants

8 most common species:
Diospyros virginiana
Common Persimmon
Common Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) is a deciduous tree native to the eastern parts of North America. Its edible fruits are high in vitamin C and readily eaten by wildlife. Seeds of common Persimmon can be roasted and used as an alternative to coffee; leaves can be dried and used as a tea.
Diospyros kaki
Japanese persimmon
The japanese persimmon tree adds interest and flavor to your edible landscape. These deciduous trees are easy to grow, but do not tolerate very cold temperatures. Blooms appear in mid-spring, and the distinctive persimmon fruit and brightly colored foliage last through the fall. Japanese persimmon fruit can be eaten raw or cooked. They have been cultivated for over 2,000 years in China.
Diospyros texana
Texas persimmon
Texas persimmon is a small tree or large shrub that lives 30 to 50 years. It usually grows about 3 m high, but can get larger in the right conditions. The heartwood of the texas persimmon is black and takes on a high polish, making it perfect for carvings, artwork, and tools. The berries are edible and often used in puddings and custards.
Diospyros lotus
Date-plum
Date-plum was one of the very first cultivated plants. Its cultivation is now widespread because of the popularity of its fruit, which tastes like a cross between a date and a plum. Date-plum is an attractive tree that is often planted in gardens.
Show More Species

All Species of Diospyros

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More Popular Genus

Dracaena
Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
Ficus
Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
Rubus
Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
Acer
Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
Solanum
Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
Rosa
Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
Quercus
Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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