Common Persimmon- Wild Weeds

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Common Persimmon

Diospyros virginiana

Three wild Persimmon blooms, one open and two budding, in spring

This long-lived perennial is commonly appreciated for it’s fruit. The tree can live beyond 100 years if in the proper conditions. It blooms in the spring with inconspicuous blooms and the fruit ripens in the fall.  Fruits are edible after ripening and are a food source for a broad array of small mammals and some birds.

A unique historical fact about persimmons is that Civil War soldiers often boiled the seeds as a coffee substitute.

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Posted: February 1, 2024

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Forests, Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Natural Resources, NFLAG, Wild Weeds

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