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The Persimmon tree grows as a multi-trunk large tree or single-stemmed deciduous tree to 25 feet high and wide. It is a lovely ornamental tree with cascading glossy green leaves and branches that give it a flowing, rather tropical look. The leaves offer a nice display in Fall, turning to dramatic shades of yellow, orange and red.

The beautiful orange or reddish fruit in Fall hangs long on the tree to give additional ornamental value. The fruits are classified into two categories: astringent and non-astringent. The non-astringent is as crisp as an apple when ripe. However, astringent varieties must ripen to be very soft before it can be eaten. If not, it will be a very bitter experience for you. But once ripened, the astringent varieties are as sweet or sweeter than non-astringent varieties. Depending on the variety, some persimmons have more captivating displays throughout the summer and fall.

What is a Persimmon?

A persimmon is actually a berry that comes from the edible fruit trees in the genus, Diospyros which has been fondly referred to as the “Divine Fruit.” It’s a soft, edible fruit (provided you bite into one that is lush and ripe, otherwise, you’re in for an unpleasant surprise) that can be eaten fresh, cooked, or dried. Persimmons make delicious jams, pies, steamed puddings, bread and muffins, stuffing, curry, and cookies. They are also delicious when sliced and served fresh in green salads with watercress and nuts. Native to China, the persimmon has been cultivated for thousands of years. Japan has been cultivating persimmons for about 1300 years. Japanese and Chinese cultivars were first introduced to the U.S. from 1870 to 1920.

Today various cultivars of persimmons are grown in a dozen other countries. The American persimmon, Diospyros virginiana, also known as the Common Persimmon, is grown from Florida to Connecticut, west to Iowa and south to Texas. What Do Persimmons Taste Like? Some say the fruits taste similar to apricots, with a pudding-like texture when ripe.

When it comes to buying persimmon trees online, We are sure to have the perfect tree for your landscape. Woodie personally selects all of the trees that we carry to ensure that our customers receive quality trees that will perform year in and year out. Below are the persimmon trees that we currently have available.

Native American Persimmon Tree - American persimmon, or Diospyros virginiana, reliably bear large amounts of medium-sized, rich-tasting fruit. Native to North America, American Persimmon trees are more cold-hardy than their Asian counterparts making them perfect for northern growers! As the name suggests, American persimmon is a native fruit. Its native range is New England to Florida and west to Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Kansas. They are easy to grow in full sun in well drained soil.

Fuyu Persimmon Tree - The Fuyu Persimmon is a self-pollinating fruit tree that is naturally disease resistant. This edible persimmon also is hardy all the way to zone 7 which means it can tolerate colder temperatures. The fruit tends to ripen around September and will produce edible fruit into December. The original Fuyu Persimmon is the most popular of all the oriental persimmons. They are a hardy/vigorous growing tree, up to 15' tall. Consistent producer of medium sized fruit 4.5-6 oz. Fruit is crisp, sweet and mild. Their fruit begins to ripen in early October through November and is a best choice for wildlife (deer) food plots.

Tanenashi Persimmon Tree - The Tanenashi Persimmon or Diospyros kaki 'Tanenashi' is one of the self-pollinating persimmon trees with a sweet, yet tangy tasting fruit. With reddish-orange skin, it really looks great against the light green, elongated leaves. The Tanenashi Persimmon is also one of the best persimmons for drying out to make dried fruit. Tanenashi is the most highly recognized name among astringent persimmons. Tanenashi persimmons are vigorous growing trees to 12-15' tall, that consistently produce good crops. They will grow medium to large in size, cone-shaped fruit that is orange-red in color. Flesh is yellow when ripe with a dry texture. Their fruit begins to ripen in Early October on through November.

Suruga Persimmon Tree - This particular persimmon's fruit is a little bit different than the other persimmons. The Suruga Persimmon has fruit that has a non-astringent taste making it a sweet and savory snack. The color of the fruit is a warm, deep orange-red color which looks fantastic on top of the green foliage. They are a staff favorite because they are taste great even when they are eaten fresh.

Planting your new persimmon tree

Persimmons have a strong taproot. Don’t be alarmed at the color of the roots. They naturally appear black and should not be considered diseased or dead.

  • Dig a hole big enough to accommodate the root system. Dig the hole 4 times the width of the persimmon's roots and ½ times the depth.
  • You tree should be planted at same depth as grown in pot.
  • Position tree in planting hole and fill with original soil.
  • Water the tree deeply allowing the water to soak down to the roots.
  • We do not recommend that you fertilize your new persimmon when you plant them.
  • Mulch the entire planting area, pulling the mulch a few inches away from the trunk to keep moisture from accumulating next to the bark.
  • No pruning is necessary at planting time.

 

Fertilization

The best time to fertilize fruit trees is during the growing season, starting in early spring (after bud-break) and finishing by July. Fertilizing too late in the season can cause trees to grow when they should be shutting down for the winter. This tender new growth, when pushed too late in the season, is also more susceptible to winter injury. Use a balanced time released fertilizer such as Espoma Tree Tone.

Spread the fertilizer evenly under the entire canopy of the plant avoiding a 5-inch area around the trunk. Water or rake in. For young trees (years 1 and 2) in Zones 8a-9, fertilize 3 times each year late February, late May and late July/ early August. For plants further north (Zones 6-7), fertilize in March or after bud break. This will likely cause fruit drop, but growth is more important at this state in their development. Never fertilize after August (June in Zones 6-7) as this will promote new growth too late in the year which will be subject to freeze damage. 

On the third year, switch to a low nitrogen fertilizer (first number must be less than 5) and apply only in late February (Zones 8-9) or March (Zones 6-7).

Our Watering Recommendations

The first year is a critical time for the establishment of a new persimmon. Water thoroughly twice a week on light soils and once a week on clay soils. Soak the entire root system deeply. Persimmons should receive at least 1 inch of water each week for best growth and fruit production. Water regularly, especially during dry periods. Fruit may drop prematurely if insufficiently irrigate during dry spells. Keep an area approximately 4 fee in diameter around the persimmons clear of grass and weeds to minimize competition for water and nutrients.

Because persimmons leaf out based on number of hours exposed to warmth rather than on exposure to chilling, they can be slower than most. In some areas, a newly planted persimmon may not break dormancy until late spring in warmer climates and summer in cooler climates.

Your climate plays an important role in whether a persimmon tree will produce fruit or even survive. We have persimmon trees that grow well between plant hardiness Zones 6-9. Before ordering a variety, be sure the trees recommend hardiness zone range includes your area.

When you buy persimmon trees online from Woodies Garden Goods Direct, we only send what we would plant in our own gardens at home. That means that quality is a top priority for us. Unlike bare root trees, our trees are potted and well rooted. Our persimmons will typically begin to bear fruit within 2 years of being planted. Planted persimmon trees have multi-seasonal interest and we are sure that your new persimmon will add beauty to your garden at different times of the year.