Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana and texana) are found throughout the eastern United States or the southern part of Texas. There is a tree commonly referred to as "Texas Ebony", but it is actually a cousin of the Texas Mesquite. Persimmon, however, is a true ebony and two varieties grow in Texas. The fruit of the Persimmon tree are consumed by native peoples as well as all sorts of wildlife. The wood from the Persimmon tree is very hard and tight pored. Around holes, the wood will turn as black as African Ebony, showing it's family ties.
Persimmon is not a very large tree so the lumber is often narrow and therefore not well suited for large projects like cabinets. The hardness of Persimmon wood makes it good for utilitarian purposes such as handles, pool cues and weaving shuttles. One of the most fun uses for Persimmon is in the heads of golf clubs. Macgregor used persimmon for its golf club heads (with hickory shafts) and then made sure that they were "velocitized" (whatever that means).
Persimmon, Flat Cut
Persimmon, Close-Up Showing Ebony Family Resemblance
Golf Club Heads
MacGregor Golf Clubs With Persimmon Heads
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