- Current Height: 1-2 feet
- Mature Height: 35 – 60 feet
- Growth Rate: Slow to medium (under 12” to 24” per year)
- Light: Full sun to part shade
- Soil: Dry to medium
- Deer Resistant: Yes
- One or two for fruit: Usually two
- Landscape uses: Ornamental landscape tree that produces an edible fruit; also well suited for parks and naturalized areas
- Fun fact: The wood is used for golf-club heads and furniture veneer, and it is one of the easiest trees to identify in winter because of the way its thick, dark gray bark breaks into rectangles.
- Photo: Creative Commons
Persimmon, American--Coming Soon
Pollinator value: Very High
Special value to native bees; larval host for the Luna moth and Hickory Horned Devil, which is among the largest of the native caterpillars -- about the size of a hot dog (Featured Creatures, University of Florida Entomology & Nematology)
The persimmon's edible fruit, about the size of a quarter, is deliciously sweet and often compared to the flavor of dates. It can be eaten raw or made into cakes and drinks. Fragrant, white to greenish-yellow flowers bloom in late spring. The persimmon's leaves turn yellow-green in the fall, and the trunk becomes deeply grooved as the tree matures.