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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



Type of Plant

Trees Trees
Fruits Fruits

Bloom Season

May - June


Fall Fall


Max height Max Height: 60'
Max spread Max Spread: 35'


  • Edible
  • Rain Garden
  • Naturalize

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Shade Part Shade


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

  • Colors

    Native Range

    Eastern and midwestern United States


    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."

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Hardiness Zones

    4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

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