The native persimmon (Diospyros Virginiana) under favorable conditions makes a tree from fifty to one hundred feet in height, which in open position makes a round-topped handsome tree, which is common over the South and extends North, of smaller size, along streams up to the forty-second parallel. Prior to the advent of the Japan varieties some of the largest and best of the native varieties were propagated locally by nurserymen and prized by planters. The best native varieties propagated at this time are the following, so far as known to the writer:


Propagated in Maryland and described: "Large, yellow, early; ripens before frost. Tree very vigorous, with handsome large foliage." Dioecious (34).

American Hovey

Propagated in Texas. Larger than the Tex-ana species averages; yellow, and quality is stated by T. V. Mun-son to be better than any Japan variety tested. Tree a small grower. Dioecious (34).

Large Fruited

Propagated in Southern Illinois and described: "The fruit of this variety is almost as large as some of the Japanese sorts; color orange yellow, firm, meaty, and as rich as the best figs when touched by frost." Dioecious (34).