American Persimmon

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Diospyros virginiana  **  SOLD OUT  **

Historically, the fruit of the native American Persimmon, which is high in nutrients, was used by the Powatans for medicinal purposes. Now, it is more commonly used--when fully ripe--as an edible fruit or cooked in puddings and compotes. An unripe American persimmon is so astringent as to be inedible. The American Persimmon has a deep taproot that makes large plants difficult to transplant. Better to buy it in a container. In spring its creamy-white blooms attract bees. In fall, its yellowish to orange fruits (on female trees), attract birds. It is also a butterfly larval plant.

 

Ornamental Characteristics
Category Fruit, nut, berry
foliage Type Deciduous
Height 30-50 ft
Spread 25-30 ft
Shape Upright, spreading
Primary foliage Color Green, dark, glossy
Seasonal foliage Color Yellow
Flowering Season Spring
Flower Color Creamy white
Berries
Environmental Characteristics
Growth Rate Slow to moderate
Sun Preferences Sun to partial shade
Water Preferences Dry t