Friday, September 20, 2019

Plants in Early American Gardens - Bare Root Native Persimmon

Bare Root Native Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana)

While serving as Minister to France in the 1780s, Thomas Jefferson would often promote the natural products of his native land, including various botanical specimens such as the Persimmon tree, which he requested twice from friends. This North American tree is native from Connecticut to Florida, and west to Kansas and Texas. It was listed on Philadelphia nurseryman and plant explorer John Bartram’s 1783 broadside catalogue.

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