Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Persimmon

Diospyros virginiana
Plant Type: Trees
Native Environment: Forest
Season of Interest:
Main Color: Green
Fall Color: Orange, Yellow
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Nesting
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

35 to
60
feet

Spread:

20 to
35
feet
Size
Height: 35 to
60
feet
Spread: 20 to
35
feet
Size
Height: 35 to
60
feet
Spread: 20 to
35
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Plant in hedgerows and thickets and or as a grove for fruit.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grows best in full sun in moist, well-drained soil but it will adapt to drier locations. May be difficult to transplant. Plant in spring as a small tree for best results. Needs two sexes to fruit.
Special Features
Interesting Bark
Special Usage
Edible
Basic Description

October frosts signal the beginning of persimmon season. “A folk myth has it that a hard frost will ripen the persimmons and remove their astringency. This is a misconception. Persimmons just take a long time to mature and ripen.” – SFGate When ripe, they turn orange and taste something like an apricot. Trees tend to sucker and form thickets but can be kept in check by mowing.

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