The Main Plant entry for Persimmons (Diospyros)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Fruit: Edible to birds
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Not suitable for containers


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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Mar 2, 2012 2:16 PM

The American Persimmon belongs to this genus. It can be grown easily from seed or hardwood cuttings. It is recommended that seeds and cuttings be taken in autumn, kept refrigerated through the winter, and planted in spring after last frost.

Persimmons have a lifespan of 60 years. They perform best on well-drained soils and are tolerant of sand and clay. They are more drought-tolerant than most trees but yield larger and better fruit when deep watered at minimum intervals. Excessive nitrogen, too much or too little water will cause fruit drop.

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 20, 2013 10:59 PM

"Diospyros is a genus of about 450–500 species of deciduous and evergreen trees, shrubs and small bushes. The majority are native to the tropics, with only a few species extending into temperate regions. Depending on their nature, individual species commonly are known as ebony or persimmon trees. Some are valued for their hard, heavy, dark timber, and some for their fruit. Some are useful as ornamentals and many are of local ecological importance.

Diospyros species are important and conspicuous trees in many of their native ecosystems, such as lowland dry forests of the former Maui Nui in Hawaii, Caspian Hyrcanian mixed forests, Kathiarbar-Gir dry deciduous forests, Louisiade Archipelago rain forests, Madagascar lowland forests, Narmada Valley dry deciduous forests, New Guinea mangroves or South Western Ghats montane rain forests. The green fruits are rich in tannins and thus avoided by most herbivores; when ripe they are eagerly eaten by many animals however, such as the rare Aders' Duiker (Cephalophus adersi)."

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