Texas Persimmon

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Texas Persimmon

Diospyros texana
Chapote, Mexican Persimmon, Black Persimmon
15

20 feet
15

20 feet
Texas and Mexico
  • Central Texas
  • Texas
  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Very Low
  • Attracts Pollinators
  • Birds
  • Hummingbirds

About This Plant

Full sun or partial shade. Deciduous, with multiple twisted trunks a dense, twiggy crown. Silvery bark peels away to reveal white layers, in a manner similar to crape myrtle. Female specimens bear sweet black fruit in late summer that resembles figs or prunes in taste. (The black juice can stain, so brush your teeth afterwards.) Persimmons are either male or female; for the fruit, you’ll need both. Persimmon is very slow-growing but long-lived, strong-wooded, and striking. Mature specimens can be found throughout older residential landscapes and courtyards: just look for the glowing white tree. It is ubiquitous in the wild in South Texas, appearing as understory or grouped in small groves.

Maintenance

Fruit litter may create a mess in paved areas. Occasional training or shaping. Pruning is always optional and cuts should only be made at a bud or branch. In general, focus on minimizing dead, damaged, or rubbing branches. As with any tree, remove no more than 25% of the total canopy during any five-year cycle. To maintain a healthy specimen, leave the upper 2/3 of the trees height uncut and never remove more than the lowest third of the tree in a single pruning period — for example, on a 12-foot tree, stick to the lowest 4 feet. Mulch with about 2″ of wood chips or pine bark wherever possible. (In general, a tree’s mulched area should be six feet at minimum.)

Features

Plant Type:
Small Tree
Size:
15-20' H, 15-20' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Clay, Sandy, Thin
Wildlife:
Bees, Birds, Butterfly Larvae, Hummingbirds, Pollinators
Flower Color:
Green
Bloom Time:
March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

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