Date Plum

Diospyros lotus is in the ebony family of plants. The bark is very similar to its genus mate, Diospyros virginiana, the American persimmon. As are the calyces. The subject of today’s post is the date plum or Caucasian persimmon, which is native to a swath of territory from Spain to southwest Asia. Diospyros, the genus name, is Greek for god’s fruit.

“What journal do the persimmon and the buckeye keep, and the sharp-shinned hawk?” ~ Henry Thoreau

2 Responses to “Date Plum”


  1. 1 Paul Lamb December 14, 2018 at 5:14 am

    So non-native to the U.S.?

    I have persimmon in my Ozark woods (and the critters get to the fruits before I can). At least, that’s what I think they are.


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