University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Fruits & Nuts

Native Persimmon, Common Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana)

The native persimmon tree grows to 60 feet tall. The leaves are alternate, simple, and a rich green color. The leaf margins can be entire or somewhat serrated. The funnel-shaped flower has four petals and ranges in color from white to cream to gray. Native persimmon fruits are nearly round, shiny, and tough-skinned. They are about one inch in diameter, and the color, when ripe, ranges from a yellow-orange to a dark red-orange. They ripen from September to October, usually after the tree has lost its leaves. Wild persimmons are common in North and Central Florida.