CHAPOTE Texas Persimmon
Diospyros texana Ebenaceae, Ebony Family
Small tree, intricately branched; bark peels from maturing trunks.
Height: 10-15 feet; can reach 30 feet.
Flowers: Small, white; solitary or in few
Fruit: 1-inch black edible fruit on female
Foliage: Almost evergreen.
Bark: Light reddish-gray; outer bark peels, baring lighter gray, smooth
Growth rate: Slow.
Sun: Full sun to full shade.
Drainage: Good to moderate.
Water: Well-drained, low once established;
Maintenance: Avoid damage to thin bark; avoid
female trees if one does not want fruit; disease tolerant; prune lower branches to show attractive trunk.
Propagation: Fresh seed.
NATIVE HABITAT: Many.
Coyotes, javalinas, deer and birds utilize fruit; cover, nest sites;
leaves browsed by deer and goats.
"Fruit of the gods;" wood nearly black, durable; used for fine
furniture; fruit used to dye hides. The beauty of this small accent tree lies in the smooth
sinewy trunk; very durable, can bounce back quickly from rough ill treatment.