American Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) in the Persimmons Database

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Plant Habit:Tree
Life cycle:Perennial
Sun Requirements:Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences:Mesic
Plant Height:40 feet plus
Plant Spread:30 - 40 feet
Leaves:Good fall color
Deciduous
Fruit:Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time:Late summer or early fall
Fall
Flowers:Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color:White
Yellow
Flower Time:Late winter and early spring
Spring
Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations:Xeriscapic
Uses:Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Shade Tree
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts:Fruit
Eating Methods:Raw
Cooked
Wildlife Attractant:Bees
Birds
Butterflies
Propagation: Seeds:Stratify seeds: if starting indoors or can be winter sown outdoors or in unheated greenhouse
Suitable for wintersowing
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe; clean & dry seeds
Propagation: Other methods:Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators:Wind
Various insects
Containers:Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous:Dioecious

maturing tree in fall color along a run

ATP Podcast #15: Edible Wild PlantsATP Podcast #15: Edible Wild Plants
April 24, 2013

In this episode, Dave and Trish talk about their favorite wild edible plants, the kinds of plants you might come across as you walk through the woods. Many of the plants on this list are sure to surprise you!

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Photo gallery:
Location: southeast PennsylvaniaDate: October 2017maturing tree in fall color along a run
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2013-08-31on the tree at various stages of ripeness
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Location: southeast PennsylvaniaDate: January 2010mature bark
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2013-08-31
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Location: My GardensDate: July 23, 2015Young Fruit: Early Stage Of Growth
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Location: My GardensDate: August 16, 2015Progress Photo: About 1.25-1.5 Inches Diameter
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Location: My GardensDate: September 27, 2015Color Change Beginning
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Location: southeast PennsylvaniaDate: July 2011mature Persimmon tree in summer
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Location: southeast PennsylvaniaDate: January 2010mature tree in winter
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Location: southeast PennsylvaniaDate: 2017-10-21leaves showing the best fall color for this species
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Location: southeast PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-07-02leaves in summer
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Location: Western KentuckyDate: 2011-11-09Persimmon seeds
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Date: 2005-09-17Credit Alexey Sergeev
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Location: My GardensDate: Oct. 21, 2015After First Frost
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Location: Natural Area in Northeastern Indiana -Zone 5bDate: 2011-10-17
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2012-04-20
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2012-04-20
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2012-04-20
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Location: Roberta GeorgiaDate: MayRecently pollinated female flwrs
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2013-09-01
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Location: My GardensDate: Summer 2009Close Up View Of Leaves
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Date: 2005-09-26Credit Alexey Sergeev
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Date: 2005-09-28Credit Alexey Sergeev
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Location: My GardensDate: July 23, 2015Young Fruit: Early Stage Of Growth
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Location: My GardensDate: July 23, 2015Mature Leaves In July
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Location: My GardensDate: July 27, 2015Close Up View Immature Fruit
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Location: My GardensDate: September 27, 2015One Green- One Orange.
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Location: My GardensDate: Late SeptemberSubtle Color Change Beginning
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Location: My GardensDate: Oct. 21, 2015Ready For Taste Test
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Posted by flaflwrgrl (North Fl. - Zone 8b) on Nov 2, 2011 11:46 AM

The tree prefers light, sandy, well-drained soil, but will grow in rich, southern, bottom lands. It can be grown in northern Ohio only with the greatest of care, and in southern Ohio its fruit is never edible until after frost.
The tree is greatly inclined to vary in the character and quality of its fruit, in size this varies from that of a small cherry to a small apple. Some trees in the south produce fruit that is delicious without the action of the frost, while adjoining trees produce fruit that never becomes edible.
The fruit is high in vitamin C. The unripe fruit is extremely astringent. The ripe fruit may be eaten raw, cooked or dried. Molasses can be made from the fruit pulp. A tea can be made from the leaves and the roasted seed is used as a coffee substitute. Other popular uses include desserts such as persimmon pie, persimmon pudding, or persimmon candy.
The fruit is also fermented with hops, cornmeal or wheat bran into a sort of beer or made into brandy. The wood is heavy, strong and very close-grained and used in woodturning.
Fruit: A juicy berry containing one to eight seeds, crowned with the remnants of the style and seated in the enlarged calyx; depressed-globular, pale orange color, often red-cheeked; with slight bloom, turning yellowish brown after freezing. Flesh astringent while green, sweet and luscious when ripe.
Be careful not to plant a persimmon tree where the fruit will fall on a walkway, patio or driveway as they can make a sticky mess!

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Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Nov 9, 2011 6:17 PM

The seeds of the persimmon are large, brown and flat.

The fruit is delicious and is edible when its outer covering turns a slightly brownish orange. There is nothing worse than biting into an unripe fruit, it turns your mouth inside out with its bitterness. The ripe fruit is great as a pie filling or as a custard. It can also be made into flavorful bread.

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Posted by ILPARW on Nov 9, 2017 7:27 PM

A wonderful tree native to most of the South, even down into southern Florida, up into southern PA and New Jersey and southern IL, IN, and OH, most of MO, southeast KS and eastern OK & TX. It is slow growing, about 3/4 to 1 foot/year and lives around 100 years. Develops a strong, deep taproot, so it is hard to transplant; move as a small tree in spring. Likes acid soil of about pH 6 to 7 and well-drained or can grow well along water courses where the wet soil is aerated. The female trees bear the delicious orange berry; edible in September to November.

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