Common Persimmon


Diospyros virginiana

Plant Characteristics:

  • Duration: Perennial  
  • Habit: Tree
  • Leaf Retention: Deciduous 
  • Breeding system: Flowers unisexual, Deciduous   
  • Size class: 36-72ft
  • Fruit: Yes Orange 2 inches long
  • Native Habitat: Dry woods; Old fields; clearings 
  • Bloom time: April-June

Growing Conditions 

  • Light:
    • Partial Shade
  • Soil:
    • Moisture: Dry 
    • Water use: Medium
    • CaCO3 Tolerance: None
    • Description: Variable, growing best in moist, rich soil. Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Acid-based, Calcareous
  • Condition comments:
    • Tree is valued for its fruit and attractant to wildlife


  • Edible fruit 
  • Wildlife attractor 
  • Ornamental tree with nice smelling fruit
  • Erosion control

Additional Comments: 

  • Two trees are required for fruit production and fruit is not edible after frost.