This tree is known for its valuable wood and delicious tropical like fruits. The wood is hard and is well known for its use in making the head of golf clubs. The precious wood of the tree is closely related to the ebony family, another prized hardwood tree. The trees are native to most of North America and display some of the most beautiful ornamental characteristics. The bark of the trees is coarse with shades of black and brown. The bark blends in with the leathery foliage that is one of the deepest green throughout the spring and summer. In the autumn the brilliance of reds to oranges spiral each branch. Golf ball size fruits are sugar sweet when they are fully ripe with nutrition levels exceeding most fruits, except for Blueberries! Look for the tree-ripened fruits in September in areas of its growing range. Fruits are also a nutrient rich delicacy for birds and animals through the fall months. The trees grow very upright with slightly spreading branches. The persimmons will adapt to any soil type and are vigorous, growing to a height of fifty feet tall at maturity. Plant a minimum of two of these outstanding trees for assurance of flower pollination. Hardiness Zones 3-8.