Book of Mediterranean Trees, Shrubs and Climbers


Diospyros lotus  Date Plum
Family Ebenaceae
Genus Diospyros    Gr dios divine and pyros wheat or grain
Species lotus   
Properties tree
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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