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Common Name: Black Persimmon
Diospyros texanum is a Tree up to 12.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
Southern N. America - Texas and New Mexico.
Rocky hills, ravine sides and canyons, often on limestone[
Fruit - raw. The fruits, which are about 20mm in diameter are sweet and tasty when fully ripe[
A black dye can be obtained from the juice of the fruit[
Wood - heavy, hard, compact, takes a high polish[
]. It is used for making tools, engraving blocks etc[
Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe[
]. Stored seed requires a period of cold-stratification and should be sown as early in the year as possible[
]. It usually germinates in 1 - 6 months at 15°c[
]. Pot up the young seedlings as soon as they are large enough to handle into fairly deep pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer. Give them some protection from winter cold for their first year or two outdoors.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, mid summer in a frame[
Layering in spring[