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Diospyros conzattii - Standl.

Common Name Zapote negro mont's, zapotillo.
Family Ebenaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry tropical forest on coastal slopes. Also found at elevations between 220 - 2,200 metres altitude on slopes with pine-oak woodland; alder-oak forests and deciduous forests[ 554 ].
Range Central America - southern Mexico.
Edibility Rating    (4 of 5)
Other Uses    (2 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care
Tender Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Diospyros conzattii Zapote negro mont


Diospyros conzattii Zapote negro mont

 

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Summary

Diospyros conzatti is a deciduous, tropical tree reaches about 10 m in height. It is found in Central America. The fruit is eaten raw and the wood is valuable. It is propagated by seeds.


Physical Characteristics

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Diospyros conzattii is a deciduous Tree growing to 10 m (32ft) by 10 m (32ft) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Diospyros gomeziorum Provance & A.C.Sanders; Diospyros gomeziorum Provance & A.C.Sanders; Diospyros

Habitats

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[ 553 ]. An exquisite flavour[ 46 , 553 ]. The fruit is about 4cm wide and 2cm long, containing 5 - 10 fairly large seeds[ 553 ].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Other Uses: The wood is valuable[ 554 ]. Economic Importance: wood

Cultivation details

It is a tropical plant. We have seen no individual confirmation for this species, but in general Diospyros species are dioecious and require both male and female forms to be grown if fruit and seed are required[ 899 ].

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Propagation

Seed - it has a very short viability and so should be sown as soon as possible[ 325 ]. The flesh should be removed since this contains germination inhibitors[ 325 ]. Sow the seed in a shady position in a nursery seedbed. The sowing media for ebony uses soil and fine sand at the ratio 3:1. The seed is planted horizontally or vertically with the radicle end down, with a sowing depth of 1 - 1_ times the thickness of seed. Distance between the seeds is 3 - 5cm. Seeds are very sensitive to desiccation during germination and early growth, so must be regularly watered at this time[ 325 ]. Normally the seed will germinate after one week. In one trial, fresh seed, sown one day after collection, showed 85% germination rate within 17 - 65 days[ 325 ]. As a rule fresh seeds have a high percentage of fertility. The seedlings develop long taproots at an early stage, often before any appreciable elongation of the shoot takes place. The growth of the seedling is decidedly slow [ 652 ].

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

zapote negro montés: Spanish (Mexico); zapote negro silvestre: Spanish (Mexico); zapotillo; Spanish (Mexico); Uzxaca,

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Costa Rica; Mexico, Australia, Central America, North America,

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed.

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Diospyros kakiPersimmon, Japanese persimmon43
Diospyros lotusDate Plum51
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Diospyros mespiliformisWest African Ebony, Monkey guava, jackalberry43
Diospyros munMun Ebony, Vietnamese Ebony00
Diospyros quaesitaCalamander, kalu mediriya02
Diospyros tessellariaBlack ebony, Mauritian ebony20
Diospyros texanumBlack Persimmon20
Diospyros virginianaAmerican Persimmon, Common persimmon, Persimmon51

 

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