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Several persimmon fruit on a leafy branch. This photograph was made in early October at Land Between the Lakes, Kentucky.
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Common persimmon is a small to medium-sized tree of flatwoods, sandhills and hammocks throughout most of Florida except for the keys. The range extends throughout the southeastern United States northeast into Massachusetts and New York, west to Nebraska to Texas, plus Utah and California.
Persimmon trees grow to about 20 m (66 ft.) tall with dark bark breaking into blocks with deep reddish-brown furrows. The leaves are deciduous, alternate and simple with short stems. The leaf blades are untoothed and ovate to elliptic with rounded bases and pointed tips. The male flowers are borne in clusters and are tubular. The white to greenish-yellow flowers are 2 cm (3/4 in.) long. Fruit is round, 4-5 cm (1-1/2 - 2 in.) in diameter and orange when ripe.
(Subject description from the artist's Wild Florida Photo website www.wildflphoto.com)
April 23rd, 2017
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