American Persimmon Tree

Product Description

The American Persimmon Tree also called Common Persimmon Trees are an easy growing and low maintenance fruit tree to add to your garden. Producing deliciously sweet orange persimmon fruits in the fall with beautiful foliage that changes color as soon as the temperature drops, this fruit tree is a great addition.

With smaller fruits (ripe fruit is about the size of a golf ball) than its Asian Persimmon cousins, the American Persimmon fruit is round, bright orange, and very sweet. The orange fruit will ripen in the fall to soft, sweet flesh. Unripe fruit tastes astringent and firm.

The tree is sometimes grown for its ornamental fall colors. With dark green foliage in the spring and summer, the leaves will change to shades of oranges and yellows as the fall season emerges. Being a deciduous tree, it will lose its leaves over winter to display an attractive grey-brown bark for all to see.

The Geneva American Persimmon Tree is native to North America and is best planted as specimen trees or in a fruit tree orchard. There are loads of uses for the persimmon fruit including fresh eating right off the tree, cooking into baked goods, jams & jellies, or dried for later use. They simply taste delicious!

Persimmon Tree Care

Grow this native tree across the United States in USDA growing zones 5-9. With little maintenance needed to keep it thriving, it is adaptable to most soil sites as long as it’s in full sun with well draining soil. It is an important food source for many wildlife including deer, birds, and squirrels.

The mature tree size is up to 30-50 feet tall but they can get taller in the wild with a 20-25 foot spread. The American Persimmon tree growth rate is moderate, up to 1 foot per year. It does require another fruit tree in the area for cross pollination.

Apply a slow release fertilizer in the early spring to help boost growth and fruit production. Prune the tree as desired to maintain shape and size. Maintain a regular watering schedule until the tree is well established. It is drought tolerant once established. The easy going persimmon tree has no serious pest or disease problems.

The tree does not ship bare root. It is rooted in its nursery container in soil.

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Botanical Name

Diospyros virginiana 'American'

Sunlight Full Sun
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 30-50 ft
Mature Width 20-25 ft
Growing Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Lush, edible fruit
  • Colorful fall foliage
  • Low maintenance

Shipping Info

Once your American Persimmon Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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Care

Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.

Planting Instructions:

Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright.  Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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  1. Melissa (verified owner)

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    Awesome quality and very well packaged plus quick shipment time. We followed the directions for planting and the trees seem to be doing well. We will definitely order again in the future!

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Melissa, thank you so much for your feedback on our American Persimmon tree. We are so glad they arrived safe and are acclimating nicely to their new homes. Enjoy!

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