Persimmon – Diospyros virginiana

Location:  Fogerty Park east of playground

Persimmon is a deciduous tree which grows in rocky and open woods and glades in Missouri. It produces small white to greenish flowers in May and June, but the red-purple fruit is sought after for jams and jellies in the fall. When eaten green, the fruit is very sour. The leaves have been used to make tea. The distinctive thick bark makes it easy to identify in winter. The extremely hard wood has been used to make golf club heads, billiard cues, and shoe lasts.

Beautifying University City, MO