Diospyros virginiana / American Persimmon


A beautiful tree with delicious fruit, American persimmon is a slender tree ideal for smaller home landscapes and permaculture orchards. It develops a dark checkered bark over time that resembles snakeskin.

The fruits are nectar-sweet when ripe and soft, and are also prized by wildlife including many mammals and several songbirds. Host for the ephemeral Luna Moth.

Female plants bear fruit. A female and male tree are recommended for fruiting. Trees begin flowering/fruiting when about 7 years old. As of spring 2021, our persimmons are about 2 years old and therefore not sexed. *We cannot guarantee the sex of the persimmons when ordered.*

Read more about our native persimmons on our blog.

Height: 30′ – 60′    Blooms: May        Fruit: October – November

Siting: Average to moist soil, sun to part shade

Deer Resistance: Moderate

Provenance: NJ


BONAP 2022 Diospyros virginiana Native Range Map

Larval Host Plant (moths):
Flannel Caterpillar
Harris’ Three-spot
Hickory Horned Devil
Large Necklace Moth
Luna Moth
Monkey Slug
Pin-striped Vermilion Slug
Royal Walnut Moth
Saddled Prominent
Small Necklace Moth
Small Purplish Gray
Unicorn Caterpillar

Additional information


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