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An individual instance of Diospyros virginiana (common persimmon)
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This tree is along Vanderbilt Place where the Branscomb Quadrangle dropoff drive joins the street on the side nearest the main campus.

Persommon leaves are not very distinctive.  They have no lobes and have smooth margins.  They are sometimes confused with the leaves of black gum.  The bark of all but the smallest trees will distinguish the two species. Persimmon bark looks like alligator skin, with the bark splitting into square lumps. Black gum bark is more ridged.  The leaf scar of persimmon has one banana-shaped bundle trace, while the black gum leaf scar has three round bundle traces.  If fruit is present in the fall, the two also look quite different.  Persimmon fruit is a large, edible, orange to black berry. Black gum fruit is smaller and bluish-black.

Persimmon is a fairly common tree in middle Tennessee.  Small mammals are known to gorge themselves on the piles of persimmon fruit under a large tree loaded with fruit.  Note that persimmons are dioecious (separate male and female trees), so if a tree is a male, it will never produce fruit.  This particular tree is a female. It receives pollen from a nearby male.

This tree is described on p. 55 of The Trees of Vanderbilt.

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This organism is a living specimen that is part of the  Vanderbilt University Arboretum  with the local identifier 4-733.

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Remarks: Individual is a female.


Diospyros virginiana


sec. 1993

common name: common persimmon
family: Ebenaceae
Identified 2002-09-09 by Steven J. Baskauf


Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, US
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Coordinate uncertainty about: 10 m.

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whole tree (or vine) - winter
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fruit - lateral or general close-up
whole tree - general 1993 =

Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds., 1993. Flora of North America North of Mexico. Flora of North America Association, New York, NY, US and Oxford, UK.

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