The American persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) belongs to Ebenaceae (the Ebony family). It is a tall deciduous tree that is native to the south-eastern United States. This tree grows wild but has been cultivated for its fruit and wood since prehistoric times by Native Americans. It grows to 20 m in height, in well-drained soil. In summer, it produces fragrant flowers which are dioecious, so one must have both male and female plants to obtain fruit. The fruit is round or ovate and usually orange-yellow, sometimes bluish, and from 2 to 6 cm in diameter. In the United States South and Midwest, the fruits are referred to as simply "persimmons" or "simmons", and are popular in desserts and cuisine.