In old fields, common persimmon is a low, shrubby tree, 15 ft. tall. In rich, moist soil the species becomes a large tree, up to 100 ft. tall, with a spreading crown and pendulous branches. The large, orange, edible fruit ripens in autumn and attracts wildlife.
It is sometimes used as an ornamental for its hardiness, adaptability to a wide range of soils and climates, and immunity from disease and insects. Moist, well-drained soils provide best conditions but the plant will tolerate hot, dry, poor soils, including various city conditions.
Persimmons are dioecious, meaning there are separate male and female trees, and you need both in order to get fruit.
Current Sale Size: 3-4 ft. bare root transplant. unsexed.
Transplant Establishment Difficulty: High
* We do not guarantee plant survival.
Growth Rate: Slow
Soils: Sand, Loam, Clay
Moisture: Dry to Moist
Shade Tolerance: Full sun to part shade
Mature Height: 30 - 80 ft.
Mature Width: 20 - 35 ft.
Deer Damage Potential: High
Origin: Native to southeastern US
Uses: Fall Color, ornamental, Wildlife, food, fragrance, birds, bees
USDA Plant Profile