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Diospyros mabacea
Red-Fruited Ebony, at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ebenaceae
Genus: Diospyros
Species: D. mabacea
Binomial name
Diospyros mabacea

Diospyros mabacea, the Red Fruited Ebony is a rare rainforest tree in the Ebony or Persimmon family growing in north eastern New South Wales.



Sub tropical rainforest near Murwillumbah and Mullumbimby (28° S), growing at low altutide. The original habitat is mostly destroyed by land clearing and housing. Seldom seen at maturity in its natural setting. However, it is planted in botanic gardens in Australia.


A small to medium sized tree, up to 25 metres tall with a stem diameter of 30 cm.


Trunk and Bark

The trunk is dark and almost "hairy". With rough blackish bark. The base of the tree isn't particularly buttressed, but sometimes crooked. Beneath the bark, the trunk appears somewhat creamy in colour.


Leaves 6 to 15 cm long, 2 to 5 cm wide. Paler below than on top of the leaf. Leaves alternate on the stem is the case with Diospyros trees.

Flowers & Fruit

Small flowers occur in September. Red fruit appears between January and March. Similar to a cherry tomato of various shapes. Sometimes round or egg shaped, other times flat like a pumpkin. Up to four and a half cm long. The flesh is whitish, dry, without taste and unpalatable. Fruit usually contains between two to six seeds. Seeds are brown, curved and triangular in cross section.


Regeneration from seed is slow and difficult.



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