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Persimmons are known as 'fruit of the Gods' and for good reason! They are deliciously sweet, highly nutritious, and are versatile in the kitchen. Many growers make persimmon jams or jellies, use them in baked goods, or dehydrate them for later use. You can also eat them fresh right off the tree!
Lots of hunters and wildlife enthusiasts grow persimmon trees for deer! It's fun and intriguing to watch deer or other wildlife come up to the trees for a sweet snack.
Not only are they tasty for humans and wildlife, but they are extremely easy to grow. Add this unique fruit to your collection and get started growing persimmons today!
What Does a Persimmon Tree Look Like?
Persimmon trees are deciduous trees, meaning they will lose their leaves over the winter season to go dormant. Beginning in early spring, new green leaves will flush out as soon as the weather permits. Persimmon leaves are oval-shaped and oblong, scaling the height of the tree.
In fall, the green foliage turns to beautiful fall colors. The fall foliage can feature shades of yellow, red, or orange, giving it an all-season appeal.Following the foliage in spring are the persimmon tree blooms. The most striking feature about persimmons trees is of course their sweet fruit! Shades of remarkable orange seem to float on the tree as the persimmons ripen in late summer to early fall.
Are Persimmon Trees Self Pollinating?
Most American persimmons are not self-pollinating, although some persimmon tree varieties are. Both a female and male persimmon tree are needed to pollinate each other. Note that Japanese and American persimmon trees will not cross pollinate.
Types of Persimmon Trees
There are 2 main types of persimmons -- Oriental or Japanese Persimmons and American Persimmons, also known botanically as Diospyros kaki and Diospyros virginiana, respectively. The American variety is of course native to the United States and grows much taller than their Japanese cousins.
All varieties of persimmons are divided into two groups: astringent and non-astringent. The astringent persimmon varieties, like the Hachiya, are high in tannins and need to ripen off the tree to become soft and super sweet.Non-astringent persimmon varieties, like the Fuyu, stay firm and crisp like an apple. They can ripen on the tree and taste juicy and sweet.
When Do Persimmon Trees Bear Fruit
It depends on the persimmon tree variety. Usually, Asian persimmon trees do not bear fruit until after seven years, while American persimmon trees may take as much as ten years to bear fruit.
However, if you're in search of persimmon tree fruit, all Perfect Plants Persimmon trees will bear fruit within 2-3 years of planting.
Persimmon Tree Care
Where to Plant Persimmon Trees
Persimmon trees prefer to be planted in full sun. Be sure plant your persimmon trees in well draining soil. Some Persimmon trees can tolerate colder climates and grow in USDA plant hardiness zones 4 through 9, depending on the variety.
How to Plant a Persimmon Tree & When to Fertilize Persimmon Trees
It’s easy to buy a persimmon tree and plant it for harvest! Choose a sunny spot with at least 6-8 hours of direct sunshine to encourage full fruit production. It important to use well-draining soil that is highly nutrient-dense is best to keep your persimmon trees happy. Perfect Plants Fruit Tree Planting Mix is a good choice for amending the native soil in the hole that you dig. Persimmon trees have large taproots so be sure to give it plenty of room to spread its roots and grow!
An annual dose of persimmon tree fertilizer applied directly to the root ball is good practice to give the persimmon fruit trees enough nutrients.
How Often Should I Water My Persimmon Tree?
For best growth and quality fruit, regularly water your persimmon tree for 10 minutes once or twice a week in the spring and summer. Persimmon trees can withstand short periods of drought.
How to Prune Persimmon Trees
Leave branches with about one foot of space between branches to increase the amount of sunlight that reaches the fruit. Lightly prune persimmon trees lightly each year by removing dead wood, weak branching, horizontal shoots growing from the main trunk, and any crossing branches.
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