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|DESCRIPTION: A small to medium-sized dioecious, deciduous tree reaching 12-21 m in height with a round-topped crown. In forest stands the stem may be straight, tall, and slender. USE: The seeds and fruits of common persimmon are generally low in crude protein, crude fat, and calcim, but high in nitrogen-free extract and tannin. The wood is hard, smooth, and even textured. It is used for turnery, plane stocks, veneer, golf club heads, and occasionally low-grade lumber. It sends down a deep taproot which makes it a good species for erosion control. The unripe fruit and inner bark are sometimes used in the treatment of fever, diarrhea, and hemorrhage. Ink can also be made from the fruit. The tree is sometimes planted as an ornamental. The flowers are used in the production of honey GROWING PERIOD: Perennial tree. COMMON NAMES Persimmon, Common persimmon, American persimmon. FURTHER INF: Persimmon originated in southern and central United States. It grows on a wide variety of sites but grows best on terraces of large streams and river bottoms. It grows best on alluvial soils such as clays and heavy loams. In the Mississippi Delta, usual sites are wet flats, shallow sloughs, and swamp margins. In the Midwest it grows on poorly drained upland sites, but growth there is very slow.
Hartmann T 1981 pp 618 [TEXT, DEP, DRA]
Duke J 1975 pp 15 [PH, RAIN, TEMP]
Roecklein J 1987 pp 208 [USE]