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American Persimmon

American Persimmon

American Persimmon

(Common Persimmon)

Diospyros Virginiana

A medium sized tree native to central and eastern USA. The only native species of the Ebony family with hard, almost black heartwood making it popular in carpentry. Often planted as an ornamental due to its large orange fruit persisting into the winter and foliage that turns yellow to purple in fall. The ripe fruit is very sweet and often eaten fresh from the tree or used in a variety of baked goods. Production should begin after 5 to 10 years. Each tree has either male or female flowers so at least 2 trees must be planted; more is better.

Additional information

Foliage

Deciduous

Locale

Native to North America

Height

Medium (30-60ft)

Width

Moderate

Form

Oval, Round

Growth Rate

Slow

Longevity

Moderate (50 to 100 years)

Hardiness Zones *

4, 5

Sun Exposure

Full Sun (over 6 hrs), Partial Sun (4 to 6 hrs)

Soil Preferences *

Moist, Slightly Acidic, Well Draining

Soil Tolerances

Clay, Dry, Slightly Alkaline, Wet

Other Tolerances

Occasional Drought, Urban Pollution, Walnut Toxicity

Ornamental Interest

Fruit, Leaves (colour)

Human Value

Carpentry (wood), Edible (fruit)

Wildlife Value

Bees (flowers), Birds (fruits/seeds), Butterflies (flowers), Insect Pollinators (flowers), Large Mammals (fruits/seeds), Small Mammals (fruits/seeds)

Seed Collection

Ordered Online

Planting Considerations

Messy Seed Litter, Produces Suckers, Tricky to Transplant

*Useful Links

Hardiness Zones – Canada’s Hardiness Zones

Soil Preferences РMulti-Purpose Soil Tester