Deciduous, medium-sized North American tree
Description: Large, edible, yellowish to pale orange fruits ripen after fall frosts; glossy, pest-free foliage changes to brilliant yellow or reddish-purple in fall; interesting cork-like bark
Habit: Grows 30 to 50 feet in height, with a spread of 30-35 feet
Culture: Prefers moist, well-drained soils and full sun (for best fall color) to light shade
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 through 8
Origin: North America
Attributes: Attracts birds, edible fruits, fall color
While serving as Minister to France in the 1780's, Thomas Jefferson would often promote the natural products of his native land, including various botanical specimens such as the Persimmon tree, which he requested twice from friends. This much neglected North American tree is native from Connecticut to Florida, and west to Kansas and Texas. It was introduced into cultivation in 1629 and listed on Philadelphia nurseryman and plant explorer John Bartram's 1783 broadside catalogue.
This species is dioecious, meaning a male and a female plant are both required for pollination and fruit set. Our plants are unsexed due to their immaturity; we recommend purchasing more than one plant to increase the likelihood of fruit production, including berries and seeds.
This plant will ship bare root. Approximately 2'-3' tall.
Bare root planting tips:
~ If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
~ Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
~ Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.