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American Persimmon

A Favorite for Preserves

Doesn't deserve its puckery reputation! Fruit starts out with a tangy, apricot-like flavor, but develops a rich sweetness after first frost. 35 to 60 ft. tree is lovely enough to be used as an ornamental, with golden fall foliage and attractive deep orange fruit that will hang 'til mid-winter, lending color to the winter landscape. Plant two for pollination. Zones 5-9.



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  • Botanical Name: Diospyros virginiana 'American'
  • Height: 35 - 60 feet.
  • Spacing: 20 - 30 feet.
  • Depth: Same as in the nursery.
  • Spread: 20 - 35 feet.
  • Light Required: Full sun.
  • Pollinator: Plant two or more for proper pollination.
  • Yield: 2 - 4 bushels at maturity.
  • Foliage: Deep green, large, dense, 6 inch leaves.
  • Blooms: Spring.
  • Fruit: Round, fleshy, 1 - 2 inch, yellowish-orange fruit.
  • Zone: 5 - 9 (-10° F.).
  • Flower Form: Small, bell-shaped, inconspicuous flowers.
  • Soil Requirements: Moist, well-drained soil.
  • Growth Rate: Medium growth rate.
  • Comments: Fruit is tangy and apricot-like. Frost helps flavor. If you pull the fruit from the tree, it is not ripe and will be quite sour to the taste. Foliage turns yellow in the Fall. Tree lives 30 - 80 years. Fruit is somewhat seedy. Prune suckers. Adapted to a wide range of soils and climates. Fruit hangs on tree until mid-Winter. Drought resistant. Hardy to -25 degrees F. Hard, durable wood.

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