Plant Type
Sunlight Amount


American Persimmon Tree

American persimmon is a tall shade tree that's sadly underused in gardens. It features dark green foliage that often develops yellow or red tones in fall. Older trees have distinctive bark that almost looks scaly, as though it's covered in small silvery plates.

Male and female flowers appear on separate plants; the female trees produce an edible fruit if there's a male nearby for pollination. The fruits are also great for attracting birds.

American persimmon does best in full sun and moist, well-drained soil. But it tolerates drought fairly well.

genus name
  • Diospyros virginiana
  • Sun
plant type
  • Tree
  • 20 feet or more
  • To 35 feet wide
foliage color
season features
problem solvers
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fall tree care tips and tricks


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