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Diospyros virginiana (American Persimmon)

American Persimmon, American Date Plum, Possum Wood, Virginian Date Plum, Common Persimmon, Eastern Persimmon, Winter Plum, Jove's Fruit


Diospyros virginiana (American Persimmon) is a deciduous tree with a spreading crown and pendulous branches clothed in glossy green, oval leaves, 6 in. long (15 cm). They turn yellow, pink or reddish-purple in the fall, creating a glorious display. In late spring to early summer, fragrant, bell-shaped, yellow flowers are hidden by the half-grown leaves. They are followed by large, orange, edible fruits, up to 2 in. across (5 cm), that ripen in the fall to an orange or reddish-purple color. They attract wildlife and may persist on the tree for weeks, resembling Christmas ornaments. Astringent when green, the persimmon fruit becomes sweet when mature and may be eaten off the tree. Fruits may also be used to make puddings, cakes, and beverages. With leaves and fruit gone in winter, the thick and dark-gray to almost black bark becomes more engaging with its deeply furrowed, checkered pattern. Valued for its fruit and attraction to wildlife, American Persimmon is perfect as a specimen tree.

  • Grows up to 35-60 ft. tall (10-18 m) and 25-35 ft. wide (7-8 m).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this tree is easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils. American Persimmon is not too fussy about soil conditions and tolerates heavy clays or dry soils. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Virtually pest and disease free.
  • Promptly remove root suckers unless naturalized effect is desired.
  • Native to the eastern and midwestern United States.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 4 – 9
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Plant Type Fruit, Trees
Plant Family Diospyros - Persimmons
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Fall
Winter
Height 35' – 60' (10.5m – 18m)
Spread 25' – 35' (7.5m – 10.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rocky Mountains, Utah, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Clay Soil, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 4 – 9
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Plant Type Fruit, Trees
Plant Family Diospyros - Persimmons
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Fall
Winter
Height 35' – 60' (10.5m – 18m)
Spread 25' – 35' (7.5m – 10.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rocky Mountains, Utah, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Clay Soil, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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