Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) American persimmon trees are very attractive with an upright form and distinctive ‘alligator hide’ bark pattern. Waxy, blue-green droopy leaves turn a striking golden yellow in the fall with their orange, golf ball sized fruit which ripens very late, often hanging on the tree after the leaves drop. When fully ripe, persimmons are soft and honey-sweet with a dash of spice. The unusual, delectable flavour possibly explains the Latin name for persimmon which means ‘food of the gods’. Potted

Persimmon : PROK 3 gallon pot grafted PICKUP ONLY


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Selected by John Gordon of Amherst, NY, Prok was a Cornell University program seedling. Renowned for very large (6-8 cm/2½-3"), firm, high-quality fruit with few seeds, it is rated by many enthusiasts as the best tasting American persimmon. This early ripening variety is recommended for growers on the northern fringe of persimmon territory. These trees come in 3 gallon RPM pots which makes large, fibrous root systems for superior survivability.


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Growing Tips

Persimmons Growing Tip

Plant your persimmon trees in a well-drained, sunny location, but don’t let them dry out. After you have successfully started them, persimmons are extremely easy to grow and care for.
Seedlings may eventually reach a mature height of 15m (50') while grafted varieties usually remain considerably smaller, usually only 5-9m (16-30').

Persimmons Growing Tip

NOTE ON DELAYED LEAFING: Be patient with Persimmons. They are usually the last to break dormancy. Watering them while dormant will not help, it can even hurt the roots, if overdone. They simply need lots of heat to wake up, so in a cool spring it could take a month or even longer yet.

Pawpaws, Persimmons, Jujubes Growing Tip

In most cases, we recommend planting bareroot fruit trees at their permanent site as soon as you get them. However, the trees in this section of the catalogue (Pawpaws, Persimmons and Jujubes) will often benefit from spending a few more years in a pot. Since these species do not take as well to bareroot handling, we receive them as very small trees in pots. We suggest you repot them in a 2 or 3 gallon container and grow them for several seasons. Pawpaws in particular, will appreciate this, as the tender young trees will prosper much more if you can keep them out of direct sunlight. This way you also have the option of overwintering them in your garage until they are bigger and stronger.
See Page 80 for 3 gallon Root Trapper® Containers.