American Persimmon Seedling

Diospyros virginiana


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2024 Fall Shipping Season

All orders placed now will ship in Fall 2024


All orders placed will be shipped during our Fall shipping season. All trees will be shipped in containers not yet dormant.

Fall Shipping Schedule

Plant Zones 6: End of September
Plant Zones 7-8: October – November
Plant Zones 8-9: November – early December

 For more information see the Ordering & Shipping section below.

Wild native persimmons are one of the very best trees for attracting deer and wildlife. This native tree is adaptable to many climates, and has a natural immunity to disease and insects. The American persimmon thrives in a wide variety of conditions, from wet or sandy soils, to lowlands or uplands.

Deer actively seek out persimmon trees, eating every fruit that is within reach or as soon as they hit the ground. Leaves and twigs are also eaten by deer in the fall and winter, and the fruit is eaten by other wildlife like squirrel, fox, bear, coyote, raccoon, opossum, and various birds, including quail, wild turkey, cedar waxwing, and catbird.

The fruit has a rich, nutty, amaretto flavor, but is astringent until completely ripe. If you’ve never tried unripe persimmon, we don’t recommend it, we can tell you; it’ll suck the wax right out of your ears! Unripe fruit is not all bad because this unripe fruit and bark are said to have been used to treat fever and diarrhea. The ripe fruit is used in traditional recipes for jam, cookies, cakes, custards, and the dried roasted seed have been used as a substitute for coffee. It has a black corrugated bark that looks like alligator hide, and its foliage is orange-red in the fall. The nectar from flowers provide a significant food resource for pollinator species like bees. This native species is a quintessential part of any food plot.

Trees are either male or female, so you should plant 3-10 trees in a block, to ensure pollination.  American Persimmons will bear fruit in 6-8 years. Cold hardy to USDA plant zones 5-9.


Height 30' - 50'
Spread 20' - 35'
Tree Form Central Leader
USDA Zone 5 - 9
Blooms May - June
Drops Fruit or Nuts October - November
Soil Adapted to upland, well drained, sandy clay or loam. Can handle wet soil if seasonal and well drained
Soil pH 6.0 - 7.0
Light requirements Full Sun
Pollination Requires Pollinator. Plant at LEAST three - five trees for pollination; however, each additional tree will increase pollination for better mast production
Suggested Pollinators Deer Candy, Deer Magnet, or American Persimmon Seedling

Spacing 40' - 50'
Pruning Most persimmon trees require little pruning, especially once they’re bearing fruits. Pruning is usually restricted to controlling the tree’s size or removing dead, diseased, and damaged branches. Prune any suckers that develop.
Fertilization Do not fertilize at planting. Once the trees are established, fertilize in early spring (Mar-April) as growth begins. Do not fertilize in the fall, which could promote late season tender growth that can be damaged by early frosts.
Watering Newly planted trees should be watered regularly. This is the most critical step in the establishment of your new trees. Please see the Watering section under "How to plant and grow" in our Learning Center.

At Chestnut Hill Outdoors, we’ve been shipping mail order trees for over 30 years. We’re experts at delivering healthy trees to your doorstep. All of our trees are container grown in root-enhancing pots, ensuring healthy root systems and much better success upon planting. 

In Spring we ship bare-root, dormant trees. All plants are dipped in a root gel before shipping and wrapped in plastic to retain moisture.

Spring: All trees are shipped bare-root.
Fall: All trees are shipped in containers.

  • American Persimmon Seedling: Size shipped: 12 – 18 inches

For more information, visit our Ordering & Shipping Page.

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