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Common Persimmon

Botanical Name
Diospyros virginiana
Min Zone
4
Max Zone
9
Height
35 to 50
Width
20 to 35 feet
Flowers
Late spring to early summer: small, urn shaped, creamy white, fragrant
Fruit
Edible after frost, yellowish to pale orange 1 to 1.5 inch berry
Fall Color
Yellow to reddish-purple
Light
Full sun to part shade
Soil
Moist, well drained,
Planting & Care
  • Tolerant of a wide range of soil moisture and pH levels
  • Drought, pollution and juglone tolerant
  • Taproot can make transplanting difficult
  • Transplant in early spring
  • Most trees are dioecious, meaning each tree produces male or female flowers
  • Female trees need a male pollinator in order to set fruit
  • Remove root suckers if colonization is not desired
Problems
None serious
Varieties
  • Meader - extremely hardy, will fruit without a pollinator, 30 to 40 feet, good fall color, developed at the University of New Hampshire
  • John Rick
  • Early Golden - large sweet fruit, often self-fertile, early maturing
  • Garrettson - high quality, early ripening fruit
  • Killen - very productive

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