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Diospyros texana

 
Diospyros texana
Texas persimmon; black persimmon
Diospyros texana
Dropped its leaves after the hard freeze of January 2018, but pushed out new ones by mid-February

Common name Texas persimmon; black persimmon
Family ebenaceae
Life cycle tree (Z8b-11)
Flowers white
Size to 20'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes heat and drought tolerant

Small tree or large shrub native to Texas, where it survives heat and drought conditions with aplomb. Female plants produce small black fruit, attractive to wildlife, as well as to humans who don't mind eating the little bit of flesh around the large seeds. At maturity, the smooth bark is an attractive feature. Small simple oval leaves.

Texas persimmon; black persimmon
Starting to bloom mid-March...
Diospyros texana
...flowers are numerous but not very showy
Texas persimmon; black persimmon
Just slight tender spriggy extensions this year

With so many of the plantings in our garden spurting towards the sky in a single season (its neighbor tree, huisache, has grown twice as large this season, and the lemon eucalyptus we planted in spring towers high over all its surroundings), our persimmon has been reluctant to grow much, not extending its reach at all through most of the growing season, and putting on only the slightest bit of new growth in autumn. I wonder if it will grow faster in future years...

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: left fence border

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