Diospyros fasciculosa (EBENACEAE) Grey Ebony

Plants to Plant

Tall tree to 30m (often smaller) with yellow, delicately perfumed flowers in September to November, also May. Edible yellow-green fruit, turning reddish black when ripe in April to July. A useful shade tree for larger gardens. Propagate from fresh seed, removed from the flesh. Germination is slow, taking up to a year. Ebible fruit. The trunk provides a home for spiders and insects. Fruit eaten by Topknot Pigeons, Currawongs and Wompoo Fruit Doves. The timber turns black and closely resembles ebony. Host plant for larvae of Bright Forest-blue Pseudodipsas cephenes.

Foliage (undersides) Photo: Robert Whyte

Name

Fasciculosa from Latin fasciculus, a small bundle or packet, referring to the flowers and fruits being in clusters. Other common names include Grey Persimmon, Grey Plum, Clustered Persimmon, Ebony, Longtom, Black Myrtle.

Foliage (uppersides) Photo: Robert Whyte