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Diospyros whyteana

An attractive, ornamental persimmon with lobed, capsule-like fruits. The actual fruit is enclosed in a red ripening, paper sheath, beneath which is sticky pulp containing a few seeds.

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A slow growing, evergreen shrub to several feet. The tree is popular in South Africa as an ornamental, owing both to its attractive growth as well as its climate-tolerant nature. It can also be trained into a hedge.


Unknown exact hardiness, but trees seem to be frost hardy and may be freeze hardy to several degrees as well.

Growing Environment

Adaptable to a number of environments. Drought tolerant once established.


By seeds.


The fruits are edible but don't have much flavor. Seeds can be roasted and used as a coffee substitute. The wood is used in furniture making and the plant has a number of traditional medicinal uses.

Native Range

Native through much of Eastern Africa, from the cape at South Africa, north to Ethiopia.

Related Species

Diospyros austroafricana
South African Star Apple
Diospyros blancoi
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Diospyros brasiliensis
Bush Persimmon
Diospyros digyna
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Diospyros mespiliformis
Jackal Berry
Diospyros montana
Mountain Persimmon
Diospyros whyteana