List of Trees 31-60

Persimmon

Diospyros virginiana L.

Family Ebenaceae

The persimmon tree is one of the more interesting species. It bears a sweet fruit that is rich in glucose and proteins. The large varieties are native to China (such as Diospyros kaki the Kaki persimmon). The wood is used in Korean and Japanese furniture-making. In the United States, the wood is used as billiard cues, golf club "woods" , and more recently in the crafting of longbows. The fruits are astringent and high in tannins when unripe.

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