Diospyros virginiana has several common names including Eastern persimmon, Possumwood, American ebony, White ebony, Bara-bara, Boa-wood and Butterwood. The Persimmon tree is native to the eastern U.S. The fruit is higher in nutrients like vitamin C and calcium than the Japanese persimmon. This tree is a moderate growing deciduous tree that can reach a mature height of 60 feet. The trunk ascends up through the crown of the tree rarely producing double or multiple leaders. The blooms appear from May to June and are white to greenish yellow in color. In the fall the glossy green leaves will turn to a spectacular red color.
The fruit is round or oval and usually orange-yellow in color and sometimes bluish. The fruit ripens from September to November or occasionally a little earlier. When the fruit is fully ripened it can be lightly shaken from the tree, or found on the ground below, it is sweet, juicy, and delicious. Persimmons are used in baking and when dried are similar to dates. The leaves are used to make tea.
Sweet treats not only for humans, but the deer will love them also. If you really want to bring the deer in close, consider planting a large grove of Persimmon trees. The fruit is also enjoyed by squirrel, fox, bear and various birds.
- You are purchasing one – Persimmon Tree - 1 gallon pot
- Also called American Persimmon
- Easy to care for and maintain
- Can be shipped dormant
- Note: Images are of mature plants
- Botanical Name: Diospyros virginiana
- Mature Size(H x W) : 60’ x 25’-30’
- Soil: Light, sandy, well-drained soil best
- Hardiness Zone: 4-9
- Sun Exposure: Full sun
- Characteristics: Oval glossy-green, 6” leaves that turn yellow or pink in the fall
- Bloom: White to yellow
- Fruit: Round, medium-sized, yellow to orange persimmons that ripen in the fall
- Growth Rate: Moderate
- Suggested Uses: Specimen, fruit
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