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Fruits and Nuts: Diospyros sp.

Botanical name: Diospyros sp.

Common name: Persimmon Tree, Lincoln

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Mercer island, Wa

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Soil: damp, acidic, loam
Zones: 5a thru 10b

winter interest, fall interest, edible

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This tree is made available through AMERICAN FORESTS' Famous & Historic Trees program. Your purchase will help fund AMERICAN FORESTS' Global ReLeaf 2000 tree-planting campaign. The Abraham Lincoln Persimmon grows near the log cabin in Hardin County, Kentucky, home where the nation's 16th president lived as a boy. Abraham Lincoln's parents, Thomas and Nancy, bought the home, called Sinking Spring Farm, for $200 in December, 1808. The couple's first child, Sarah, was a year old and Mrs. Lincoln was pregnant with another child. Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, in a one-room log cabin. The cabin was probably a typical frontier dwelling, about 18-by-16 feet, with a dirt floor, one window and one door, a small fireplace, a shingled roof, and a low chimney made of clay, straw, and hardwood. From these humble beginnings came one of America's great leaders, who would guide his nation through its Civil War. Famous & Historic Trees is a project of AMERICAN FORESTS our nation's oldest non-profit citizens conservation organization. "People caring for trees and forests since 1875."

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