American Persimmon Tree

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People across America are searching for native trees that bear healthy fruit and bring an exotic flair to their yards. Enjoyed for many thousands of years by the Native Americans for fresh eating, as well as a cooked and dried food staple, the American Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) is coming back into vogue.

The Persimmon offers ornamental bark, wonderfully robust foliage, tremendous fall color, and delicious edible fruit on an easy-care plant. What's not to love? People are really starting to value our native trees and discovering the thrill of growing their food. What a joy to have a plant that gives you food!

American Persimmon trees look great all year! Nature Hills is seeing a huge trend in home gardening called edible landscaping. It's the idea of mixing fruit and vegetable plants in with your ornamental perennials and flowers.

Cousins to the Asian Persimmon, American Persimmon trees produce round fruit that starts green, then turns to orange, deep red, or even soft purple. Ripe fruit has a uniquely sweet but nutty flavor. With a soft texture, American Persimmon fruit has been baked into puddings and pies for many centuries.

Persimmon fruits are low in calories and fat, but high in fiber, vitamins, and other nutrients. The fruit is commonly eaten fresh off the tree where it will hang until after the leaves drop. The fruit is also used in making breads and puddings as well as ice cream, syrups, and Persimmon pies.

From the brilliant bright green leaves of spring to the wonderful mixed red and orange fall colors, the American Persimmon has a ornamental display value in a naturalized landscape. When they've gone dormant even the bark is pretty! The bark is thick dark gray and corky, broken into even rectangular blocks. You'll love the very distinctive look in winter.

Planting and Application:

Native Americans and the first European settlers immediately saw the value in this incredibly versatile plant. Few other plants offered so much as the American Persimmon. From food to medicine to tool making and dyes, the American Persimmon could provide like no other native plant.

Today, its value is both edible and ornamental. We no longer make tools or golf club heads from the wood, nor dyes from the bark or a coffee-like drink from the dried ground seeds.

In the wild, mature trees typically grow as a thicket. Try recreating this natural look by planting several trees together in a pretty grouping. This is an outstanding plant to adorn the back of the garden or to help anchor a border in the landscape. They love full sun and look great in a mixed border or hedgerow.

One thing is for sure. You'll ALWAYS have something to talk about with your guests who are new to your garden when you plant a heritage tree like this one. You’ll also love the other four-legged and feathered willdife guests that will be stopping by!

  • Red to Yellow to Purple Fruit
  • Astringent Unripe Fruit
  • Sweet, Delicious, Soft Textured Nutty Flavored When Ripe
  • Beautiful Native Fruit Tree
  • Lovely Fall Color
  • Ornamental Bark & Branching
  • Four Season Tree, Specimens, Backyard Orchards, Thickets & Mixed Hedges

#ProPlantTips for Care:

American Persimmons need full sun, and are widely adaptable and grow in a wide range of soil types. They prefer moist, sandy locations with well-drained soil. They are drought tolerant in dry locations once established. Plant with Nature Hills Root Booster for lifelong symbiotic support of the root system. Although some flowers may be perfect, most plants have separate male and female trees (dioecious). We suggest you plant at least two (or more) to increase pollination chances. A 3-4 inch thick layer of arborist mulch boosts the health of the tree as does a regular amount of acid-loving plant fertilizer.

Easy to grow, American Persimmon does require cross-pollination. The unripe fruit is astringent and is best after it's soft and fully ripe in fall. You can also pick unripe fruit after it takes on its fall color. You'll then let it fully ripen to soft for the best flavor. You'll then let it fully ripen to soft for the best flavor. These plants have no serious insect or disease problems and the plant requires very little maintenance beyond a late winter/early spring pruning.

  • Full Sun
  • Enriched Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Needs
  • Prune When Dormant - Late Winter/Early Spring
  • Appreciates Mulched Beds & Regular Fertilizer
  • Low Chill Hour Needs

Don't miss this chance to own a piece of American history! The American Persimmon is a lovely ornamental that also gives us outstanding fall fruit. Quite simply, this tree is an attractive option with many benefits. Don't miss having one of these in your garden this year!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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American Persimmon Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Diospyros virginiana
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 30 - 50 feet
Mature Spread 20 - 35 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate, Low
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Orange, Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time Late Season
Pruning Time When Dormant