Deciduous shrubs or trees. Twigs terete, zigzag, gray-brown; pith moderate, continuous, sometimes becoming porous or chambered. Buds solitary, sessile, deltoid-ovoid, with 2 overlapping scales; terminal bud lacking. Leaf-scars alternate, half-elliptical; bundle-trace 1, curved; stipule-scars none.

Fig. 275. Diospyros virginiana

Fig. 275. Diospyros virginiana.

1. D. virginiana L. Persimmon. A tree to 30 m. high, usually much smaller, with rounded top and spreading, often pendulous branches; bark dark, deeply divided into square scaly thick plates; fruit a large juicy edible berry, 2-3. 5 cm. across, yellowish or pale orange, withering but persistent into winter. Dry woods and old fields, Florida to Texas, north to New England, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa and Kansas (Fig. 275).