Fall Color from Persimmon Trees
Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. The area around the Dixiana exit off 1-26 is one of those deep sand spots with stunted pines and black jack and turkey oaks. Right now, there are surprising spots of color from persimmon trees that have colonized certain parts of the roadside. Diospyros virginiana has lustrous green leaves that early in the fall begin to show purple and orange color. A few of the trees, the females, have beautiful orange fruits hanging from them. If you look at the leaves closely you’ll see black spots – a trick use I to ID them as persimmon is in the ebony family – purportedly the cap wood for black piano keys. This is a good tree for fall color for the south – Dr. Michael Dirr says that persimmons growing in the south have consistently more beautiful coloration than their northern brothers and sisters.