The date-plum or persimmon is the name given to several mostly tropical trees of the Ebony family (Diospyros) bearing edible fruit. The American date-plum (Diospyros virginiana) is a medium sized tree, often fifteen metres or more in height. Its fruit is much like a reddish-yellow plum, containing eight or ten seeds.
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Diospyros lotus, with common names Date-plum, Caucasian Persimmon, or Lilac Persimmon, is a widely cultivated species of the genus Diospyros, native to subtropical southwest Asia and southeast Europe. Its English name derives from the small fruit, which have a taste reminiscent of both plums and dates. It is among the oldest plants in cultivation.
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