Diospyros texana [Ebenaceae]

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Scientific Name Diospyros texana USDA PLANTS Symbol DITE3
Common Name Texas Persimmon ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 23854
Family Ebenaceae (Ebony) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Rocky, open wood, open slopes and arroyos.
Plant: Shrubs or small trees becoming 15 to 20 ft. tall; light reddish gray, smooth and flaking bark.
Leaves: Deciduous, dark green blades, obovate, 3/4 to 2 inches long and 3/8 to 1-1/8 inches wide, glossy on top surface, lower surface pubescent; nearly sessile.
Inflorescence: Urn-shaped, whitish flowers, about 3/8 inch wide, arranged singly or in small clusters among the new leaves; male and female on separate plants.
Bloom Period: February and March.
Fruit: Fleshy, round, up to 1 inch in diameter, black and sweet when ripe; ripening from late July into September.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, SEINet and Wildflower Center.
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