Plants for Summer: Trees


Diospyros virginiana

Common name: Common Persimmon
Zones of hardiness: 4 to 9
Height & width: 35 to 60’ but can reach heights of 90’, and 30 to 35’ in width
Leaves: Alternate, simple, 2 ¼ to 5 ½” long and ¾ to 2” wide
Origin: native to Florida, Connecticut in the United States.

The Common Persimmon tree has a tendency to sucker, allowing itself to form colonies. Its fruit is edible and often harvested, ripening closer to September through October. The bark is noticeably thick and block-like, almost bumpy which gives it a distinguishing look. The rate of growth is fast in the Southeast; pruning should take place in the winter. The white to pale green-tinted woody flowers emerge in the months of May and June. Transplanting can be successfully achieved by container-growing or balled and burlapped in early spring. Overall, Persimmon thrives in moist and well-drained sandy soils but can live in drier soils in urban habitats as well.