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Tried and True Native Plant Selections
for the Mid-Atlantic
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Diospyros virginiana (Common or American Persimmon)
An adaptable pioneer species* found in old fields and from swamp forests to the understory of mesic to dry upland forests, this Ebony family member is noted for its hard wood used for golf club heads and furniture veneer. It gets its common name from the indigenous Algonquin people who have prized the sweet orange fruit for food and medicinal purposes.
*It is native to DC. It is common in DE. In MD, it is found on the Eastern Shore and Piedmont, but is infrequent in the mountains. It is found in most of the southern half of PA. In VA, it is common in the Coastal Plain and Piedmont and infrequent and confined to low elevations in the mountains.
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