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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Hardiness Zones


    Persimmons are an unusual American fruit that can colonize in abandoned fields and open woods. Female trees bear astringent orange fruits that become fully ripe after a frost.

    Latin Name

    Diospyros virginiana


    Family

    Ebenaceae


    Type of Plant

    Tree
    Fruit

    Bloom Season

    May - June


    Seasons

    Fall

    Specifications

    Max Height: 60'
    Max Spread: 35'

    Uses

  • Edible
  • Rain Garden
  • Naturalize

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun
    Part Shade

    Tollerances

  • Air Pollution
  • Clay Soil
  • Drought
  • Dry Soil
  • Shallow-Rocky Soil

  • Colors


    Native Range

    Eastern and midwestern United States


    History

    George Washington's loyalist friend and neighbor Jonathon Boucher wrote to him in 1784 regarding the newly formed American government, "Many of the Speculations which the late unsettled Times have given Birth to, resemble your Persimmons before the Frost: They are fair to the Eye & specious; but really disgusting & dangerous."


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