Not to be confused with the Asian persimmons, this is a species of persimmon that is native to central, south and west Texas and southwest Oklahoma in the United States, as well as eastern Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas in northeastern Mexico.
This well-shaped, small tree is valued primarily for its striking trunk and branches, which are a smooth, pale greyish white or whitish grey, peeling off to reveal subtle greys, whites, and pinks beneath.
The fruits, borne on female trees, are edible once soft, with a flavor some liken to prunes, and are favorites of many birds and mammals. It is extremely drought-tolerant and disease-resistant and is ideal for small spaces in full sun. The heartwood, found only in very large trunks, is black, like that of the related ebony (Diospyros ebenum), while the sapwood is clear yellow.