American Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) Plants
Sun, Part Shade
dry to medium soil
Medium tree, Canopy/Sub Canopy Layer, Grows 35-65'- May be pruned
Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Somewhat wide range of soil tolerance, but prefers moist, sandy soils. Drought tolerant. Promptly remove root suckers unless naturalized effect is desired. Female trees need a male pollinator in order to set fruit. Two or more trees needed to produce fruit.
Persimmon fruit is quite astringent when green, but upon ripening becomes sweet and may be eaten off the tree. It features a sweet, apricot-like flavor. Cold-hardy and heat-tolerant. Tree reaches 35-50' tall. Ripens in early September. Fruits are commonly used in syrups, jellies, ice creams or pies. Ripe fruits are too soft for shipping/sale. Persimmon leaves can be used to make teas. Persimmon is a member of the ebony family. The wood is extremely hard and has been used to make golf club heads, and billiard cues.