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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!
American 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. American Persimmon is moderately salt tolerant and a good choice for coastal plantings.
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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Diospyros virginiana 'American'
- Lush, edible fruit
- Colorful fall foliage
- Low maintenance