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American Persimmon Tree

Diospyros virginiana 'American'


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American Persimmon Tree Planting Mix

Helps your American Persimmon Tree get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
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TreeGator® Jr.

When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

DIEHARD Transplant

Growing Zones: 4-6 patio / 7-9 outdoors
(hardy down to 10℉)

Growing Zones 7-9 outdoors
You are in Growing Zone: 6


Full Sun, Partial Sun


20-25 ft.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


Harvest Time:

September - December

Fruit Color:


Year to Bear:

2-3 years

Chill Hours (minimum):


You are in an area with ~1800 chill hours

Botanical Name:

Diospyros virginiana 'American'

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Sweet and Nutty Flavor!

Also known as the "common persimmon," this bright-orange -- and sometimes yellow, red and even blue -- fruit bearing tree is anything but common.

In fact, it's uncommonly available at most nurseries and greenhouses, and has uncommonly delicious ripe product -- the shape of a one- to two-inch beefsteak tomato -- that lends itself to cakes, cookies, sorbets, and ice cream.

Its high calcium, vitamin C, potassium and iron yield also makes it a high-energy dried snack and its pulp freezes well for future use.

As an addition to your landscape, this Kentucky native, while a slow grower and slow to mature to "fruit-ion", can be pruned initially to have either a strong central leader (trunk) or open center.

American Persimmon branches, typically starting just two or three feet from the ground, need little pruning once they become fruit-bearing to maintain their broad-spreading, wide-base shape.

Foliage color variety enhances any garden or open space, and this long-oval leafed tree transforms through the seasons from light bright green, through dark pine to fall colors in the same warm range as its fruit: yellow, orange and salmon, tinged with red and crimson. In the spring, it is festooned with yellow-white, waxy, open-bell shaped flowers that begat acid green unripe fruits.

The American Persimmon also brings abundant fruit-eating wildlife to your yard. If you are a rural grower, you can expect copious deer as they are drawn to the fruit like kids to candy. Families that hunt will find the woods nearby well populated with game as a result; the fruit hangs on the trees well through the hunting season. Whether you live in the country or city, your American Persimmon will also attract a wide variety of regional songbirds as well as squirrels, raccoons and even bats.

The Edible Economics of Persimmon Fruit

While fiercely bitter and sour unripe, the ripe persimmon is richly sweet and almost nutty in flavor. Your persimmon(s) will begin to bear fruit as early as three years, and as late as 10 from initial young-tree planting. Each tree can yield from 35 to 75 pounds of hand-picked fruit, harvested after a long season of ripening before or long after the first frosts. With the right market established, growers expect to sell their crop for about $2.75 per pound. Commercial crops typically consist of 300 $20 trees per acre with profitable yields at year four. The wood of the persimmon also has a market for crafting of musical instruments.

Preferred Culture and Cultural Practices

Healthiest and happiest in USDA Hardiness Zones 7-9, your persimmon may also do well in Zone 6, so long as you grow it in well-draining but moist loam soil, and water frequently; while mature trees can handle some drought, young trees cannot. While very cold and freeze hardy, it is good to protect your trees from early frosts in a low-lying area, thus increasing ripening time. Other than these considerations, you'll find your American Persimmon to be adaptable to everything from flood plains to wooded areas, and full sun to partial shade.

American Persimmon Tree Pollination

American Persimmon Trees are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional American Persimmon Tree will drastically increase the size of your crop.

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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your American Persimmon Tree

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your American Persimmon Tree.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Planting & Care

Step 2: Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your American Persimmon Tree gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3: Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your American Persimmon Tree again after the transplant is complete.

Questions & Answers

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Persimmon is one of my favorite fruits and haeve always been longing when its season comes around. The American Persimmon fruit looks like the one that I like from among its varietyy.
MISAEL S on Nov 29, 2016
I the fruit
Daniel Y L on Oct 30, 2016
Persimmon is one of my favorite fruits and haeve always been longing when its season comes around. The American Persimmon fruit looks like the one that I like from among its varietyy.
MISAEL S on Nov 29, 2016
attract wildlife
Charles B on Nov 26, 2016
I the fruit
Daniel Y L on Oct 30, 2016
my wife wanted it
Dan L on Nov 15, 2015
for the fruit and color
Jackie F on Oct 20, 2015
attract wildlife
Charles B on Nov 26, 2016
my wife wanted it
Dan L on Nov 15, 2015
How tall do persimmon trees grow when mature?
Melissa K on Apr 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Actually, the Japanese Fuyu (which you show in the photo!) grows to about 15 feet and can be eaten as shown in the picture. The American Persimmon fruit has a pointed base, and is inedible until it is so ripe it is jelly inside (it has incredible pucker power until then) . . . and the tree can grow upwards of 40 feet.
I have heard that you need to plant a few trees in order for this tree to be fruit bearing. If I only purchase 1, will I still get this to bear fruit?
Holly J on May 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the are self-fertile.
can persimmon tree grow in San luis obispo, ca ?
Zoya R on Nov 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The growing zone is 7-9. Here's a link that you can look up what growing zone your in by your zip code http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/USDA-Plant-Hardiness-Zone-Map.htm
I have a mature American Persimmon growing in my woods. last year it dropped fruit throughout the fall. This year I notices many of the persimmons already on the ground with a purpleish colored skin. this has me worried, will it continue to grow fruit this year?
kyle l on Aug 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This may be a fungus - You may notice the fruit is somewhat rotted in spots as well? while very unripe elsewhere? You may want to try a fungicide on the tree- however, you will probably not get more fruit this year.
Can I prune any frit tree? and how to do> Tank you.
Antonia D on Sep 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It depends on how old it is. During the first year, I leave them alone to grow and also cut off any early fruit attempts (to save plant energy). After the first year, then I regularly prune all my fruit trees to get a "standard shape". That means a single trunk up to chest height (for this type of tree), then branches. My brother says his persimmons fruit more in alternate years, and I expect to see that also. I have just moved my whole grove to a new home, 6 months ago, so everything is still getting acclimated, including a Japanese (purchased locally) and a wild tree (from the woods near my home) . The new American persimmon I got from Fast-Growing is doing great. I water new trees daily for up to 3 months, then cut down little-by-little. In dry weather, I water weekly for mature trees. And I use Miracle Grow over the whole tree every 2 months.

So much for persimmons. I do the same for just about all my trees, which are bush-sized up to small trees, in Zone 9. You'll find that pruned trees/bushes are easier to control, and to treat/water/feed.

Good luck.
How long does it take for a fuju tree to produce fruit?
Lena P on Jul 20, 2017
I have had a persimmon tree for several years and was thinking of replacing it cause it didn't bear fruit. I think it's a Fuyu. Anyhow this year it is loaded with fruit but they are like tiny gems on the tree. Is there something I should do for it to bear normal sized persimmons? Or do I really have to replace it?
Doris M. M on Dec 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would not replace it. It can take 3-4 years for a persimmon to bear fruit. The first year it bears fruit may be immature fruit.
Will the American Persimmon pollinate the Magic Fountain Persimmon?
bart s on Oct 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is self-fertile, but will produce a better yield of fruit if it has a mate.

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