There isn’t much to persimmon tree care other than watering. Water young trees well until established. Thereafter, keep them watered whenever there is no significant rainfall, such as periods of drought. Don’t fertilize the tree unless it doesn’t appear to be thriving.
Frost tolerant Oriental persimmons tolerate cold to 10°F (-12°C). American persimmons tolerate much colder conditions, often surviving to -25F (-32C).
Although persimmon trees tolerate short periods of drought, excessive dryness may contribute to curled persimmon leaves. As a general rule, water persimmon trees once a week during spring and summer, increasing to twice if weather is extremely hot and dry.
Of course, practically everyone knows opossums do. But persimmons are also gobbled up by other mammals such as rodents, white-tailed deer (they also eat the leaves and twigs), raccoons, foxes, black bears and skunks.
Native persimmons are usually dioecious; that is, trees produce either male or female flowers. Only rarely are native persimmons self-pollinating. Thus, both female and male trees are usually necessary to produce a full crop. Native persimmons will not cross-pollinate with oriental persimmons.
Persimmons do best when the soil pH is between 5.8 and 6.5. Several factors can cause them to drop fruit, including windburn, too much or too little water, not removing suckers and excessive amounts of nitrogen. The pear tree prefers a pH in the 6.0 Read more
For best growth and production, persimmons should receive at least one inch of water a week. During dry spells, water is mandatory. If not properly watered during dry spells, fruit may drop prematurely.
The Phytophthora fungus causes crown, foot and root rot. Dark areas of sunken bark called cankers form on the trunk; these cankers exude a dark sap that leaves stains or streaks. The leaves change colors and fall from the tree, the branches and twigs die, Read more
Persimmon Psyllid This is a primary leaf pest of the persimmon tree, and infestations can lead to leaf damage such as curling and deformation. White, powdery nymphs and black adults can be found feeding inside the distorted leaves, making control difficult.
Spacing for persimmons depends upon the desired use in the landscape. Trees should be a minimum of 10 foot apart for small growers and for larger growers, space out at 20 feet. In the south, fruit drop for persimmons is common.
Persimmons are great trees for the home gardener, and they're easy to plant. First, dig a hole wider than it is deep. Laivo recommends high-density planting or several trees planted in one hole in smaller yards to provide lots of fruit, great pollination and easy Read more
The persimmon psyllid (Trioza diospyri) is a tiny, leaf-feeding pest that is similar to an aphid. Psylla are often controlled by natural predators, and damage is usually moderate and doesn't affect the overall health of your tree, so avoid applying insecticides until after you have Read more
Once established, persimmons perform best when they have access to full sun with plenty of good wind movement. Persimmon trees enjoy deep, well drained loam and regular watering.
Hi Jim, in California: Persimmon trees are deciduous, meaning they will lose their foliage during the late fall/early winter months depending on the weather. So, not to worry, this is perfectly normal and it does not mean there is anything wrong with your fruit tree.
Persimmon trees are drought resistant, but a prolonged drought may cause the tree to die. Persimmon trees need approximately 36 inches of water a year to survive. If the area you live in is in a drought, you will need to give your persimmon tree Read more
…the fruit-producing members are the persimmons. The two commercially important species are the common,...… tree, woody plant that regularly renews its growth (perennial).
The flowers of the American persimmon begin to bloom in May and stay in bloom until June (UVM 2018). Because the plant is dioecious, the male trees have different flowers than the female trees.
Where soils are shallow (less than 1m) or poorly drained, planting on raised beds is recommended. Compared to other deciduous fruit trees, persimmons can tolerate damp soil conditions for a longer period provided the drainage is adequate.
Persimmon leaves are most commonly used as a tea. The leaves can be steeped in boiling water in both fresh or dried forms, and the tea is caffeine free, slightly bitter, and somewhat of an acquired taste.
If you are interested in growing persimmons, choose a sunny spot that drains well. Since persimmons have very deep taproots, be sure to dig a deep hole. Mix 8 inches (20 cm.) of soil and loam in the bottom of the planting hole, then fill Read more
Generally, persimmon has relatively few insect pests. Scale, persimmon psylla, twig girdlers and borers attack the tree or leaves while plant and stink bugs may attack the fruit. Persimmon clearwing borer is a native pest of the American rootstock. The adult moth emerges in early Read more
Asian persimmons are native to warm temperate and sub-tropical climates, but they can tolerate some cold weather and heavy soils, depending on the rootstock. 'Fuyu' and 'Hachiya' will thrive in Zone 7 and warmer.
Persimmons, Peaches, and Plums Seeds from persimmons can cause problems in a dog's small intestine. They can also block their intestines. That can also happen if a dog eats the pit from a peach or plum. Peach and plum pits also have cyanide, which is Read more
Anecdotal evidence suggests that persimmon can occasionally induce symptoms of food allergy in sensitised individuals; however, few studies have been reported to date. Oral allergy to persimmon has been reported.
Mulch in the spring & summer time should be about 4-6 inches deep. Good mulch for persimmons is weed-free hay and pine bark. Spacing for persimmons depends upon the desired use in the landscape. Trees should be a minimum of 10 foot apart for small Read more
Persimmon is a southeastern U.S. native tree that is easily recognized in winter by its unusual rugged, blocky bark. Female trees produce large orange-brown fleshy fruit that are edible after the first frost. Thick, dark green leaves turn a yellow fall color.
persimmons are sustainable. Persimmon production is relatively sustainable since there is no known significant damage to air, water, land, soil, forests, etc. as long as pesticides have not been used.
For best growth and production, persimmons should receive at least one inch of water a week. During dry spells, water is mandatory. If not properly watered during dry spells, fruit may drop prematurely. Keep at least 4 feet around the persimmon clear of grass and Read more
Nutrition. Persimmons are a good source of vitamins A and C as well as manganese, which helps the blood to clot. They also have other antioxidants, which help reduce the risk of many serious health conditions including cancer and stroke.
There are two systems for growing sweet persimmons—a walk-through, open V-trellis (Tatura), or a palmette shape, pruned to and supported on a trellis (trellised palmette).
Do not over-water Persimmon trees! Persimmon trees produce more abundant and better fruit when watered regularly, ideally receiving 36-48" per year. They will drop leaves and fruit in extreme drought conditions but can withstand shorter drought periods.
Persimmon trees can be grown in USDA plant hardiness zones 4 through 9. The American persimmon can tolerate temperatures down to -25 degrees F. (32 C.) while the Asian persimmon can tolerate winter temperatures down to 0 F.
Even somewhat large trees like native, or common persimmons (Diospyros virginiana) and Asian, or Japanese persimmons (Diospyros kaki) can be grown in Smart Pots, though the large size required to accommodate a full-sized tree will probably make it much less manageable.
Persimmon trees can be grown in USDA plant hardiness zones 4 through 9. The American persimmon can tolerate temperatures down to -25 degrees F.
Persimmon psyllids suck plant juices and excrete sticky honeydew on which dark sooty molds may grow. Excessive honeydew may damage plants or property below the infested foliage. Persimmon psyllids cause persimmon leaves to pucker and curl.
Persimmon trees grow best in loamy, organically-rich soils. Light, sandy soils are not suitable, but they will grow on many other soil types and are tolerant of heavy clay soils if drainage is good. A faster rate, such as in loose, sandy soil, may signal Read more
The common persimmon is just one plant in the wildlife manager's bag of tricks. It is not a one-tree-does-all and does not grow well in all parts of the white-tailed deer range, but it can be an option for stand placement and food for deer.
Seed collection: Persimmon fruits are berries usually containing 5 to 8 seeds. They can be collected in early fall after the fruit begins to soften. For larger trees, fruits should be collected soon after they fall from the branches and before they are eaten by Read more
They definitely must be pruned! Persimmons fruit from new growth that arises from the last few buds of the previous season's growth. To prune a persimmon tree, leave some shorter new growth unpruned, this will produce the fruit. The longer new growth can be pruned Read more