New York Natural Heritage Program
Persimmon
Diospyros virginiana L.
Dicots
Family: (Ebenaceae)

State Protection: Threatened
listed species are those with: 1) 6 to fewer than 20 extant sites, or 2) 1,000 to fewer than 3,000 individuals, or 3) restricted to not less than 4 or more than 7 U.S.G.S. 7 minute topographical maps, or 4) listed as threatened by U.S. Department of Interior.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S2
A State Rarity Rank of S2 means: This plant is threatened/imperiled in New York because of rarity (typically 6-20 populations or few remaining individuals) or is vulnerable to extirpation from New York due to biological factors.

Global Rarity Rank: G5
A Global Rarity Rank of G5 means: This species is demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.


Did you know?
The scientific name Diospyros can be translated to "Jupiter's grain," and what God wouldn't want to eat this delicious fruit? This species is one of only two temperate members of the tropical ebony family, the other one being Diospyros texana. The fruit from a third species, Diospyros kaki, is known as the Chinese persimmon and can sometimes be found in supermarkets, especially on the West Coast (Wikipedia contributors).

State Ranking Justification [-]
There are 13 existing populations, but only two of these have over 100 stems. Most of them are small groups of trees in highly developed areas. There are 15 historical occurrences, mostly from the New York City and western Long Island area, where many of them can be considered extirpated.

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