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Texas Persimmon, Mexican Persimmon, Black Persimmon, Chapote
Diospyros texana


Texas Persimmon is one of Texas's premier small trees. The bark of mature trees peels away to reveal shades of gray, white and pink on the trunk underneath, rivalling the beauty of the Texas madrone. Combined with fine textured dark green foliage that stays evergreen in the southern range, intricate branching, and wide range of suitable environments for growth, make it worthy use in modern landscapes, especially those with limited space. It grows best in shallow, rocky limestone soils, and in the Edwards Plateau it can make heavy thickets. It is, however, tolerant of most soils and sites as long as they are sunny and well-drained.

Plant Habit or Use: large shrub small tree

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: green to white-green, interesting on close inspection, resemble small urns

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: on female trees only, 1" diameter black berries (persimmons)

Height: 15' to 20'

Width: 15' to 20'

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements: low

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 7

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