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Ebenaceae -- Ebony family

    Lowell K. Halls

    Common persimmon (Diospyros virginiana), also called  simmon, possumwood, and Florida persimmon, is a slow-growing tree  of moderate size found on a wide variety of soils and sites. Best  growth is in the bottom lands of the Mississippi River Valley.  The wood is close grained and sometimes used for special products  requiring hardness and strength. Persimmon is much better known  for its fruits, however. They are enjoyed by people as well as  many species of wildlife for food. The glossy leathery leaves  make the persimmon tree a nice one for landscaping, but it is not  easily transplanted because of the taproot.

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Lowell K. Halls

Source: Silvics of North America

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