Eastern US, Connecticut south to Florida, west to Kansas and Texas
Upright tree to 40 or 60 feet in height with slender oval crown.
Moist, well-drained soils provide for the best growth but the plant will tolerate hot, dry, poor soils. Tolerant of city conditions.
Diospyros virginiana is a tough native tree that tolerates poor fertility, dry soils. It would do well growing under city conditions. The mature bark is dark gray with distinctive squarish blocks. Fall color is yellow-green or reddish purple.
Alternate, simple 2.5 to 5.5 inches long. Ovate or elliptical, acuminate apex and rounded base. Dark green in summer. Can have good yellow or reddish purple fall color.
Buds are reddish black, .125 inches long, with two overlapping scales.
Mature bark thick and distinctly blocky. Dark-gray color.
Dioecious, very fragrant, white. Blooms in late spring.
Yellowish orange, 1 to 1.5 inch berry that is vary tasty when ripe. Calyx persistent on female trees, 3-forked peduncles persistent on male trees. Dioecious tree.: