Common Persimmon is a widely distributed medium to large deciduous tree forming colonies via suckers. In youth the form is distinctively pyramidal becoming an oval with age. The dark glossy green leaves tend to droop dog-ear fashion on the limbs giving a languid look. Many specimens develop yellow, orange, to red-purple fall color. Males hold potential as street trees, while females yield edible fruit that can be messy in the landscape.
Plant Habit or Use:
Medium tree, large tree
Yellow-green to white-green, not ornamental
Small 1 inch to 2 inch diameter persimmons (ovoid berry), ornamental, edible.
35 ft to 40 ft, can be much taller in the wild
15 ft to 20 ft
Explanation of the Earth–Kind® Index breakdown
- Heat Tolerance: High Heat Tolerance
- Water Requirements: Low Water Use
- Soil Requirements: Low Soil Requirements
- Pest Tolerance: High Pest Resistance
- Fertility Requirements: Low Fertility Requirements
USDA Hardiness Zones:
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Regions that intersect these hardiness zones:
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Region A - Panhandle and High Plains• Region B - North and Central Texas• Region C - Northeast and East Texas• Region D - West Texas• Region E - Upper Rio Grande• Region F - Hill Country and Central Coast• Region G - Southeast Texas• Region H - Rio Grande Valley
Native to east and east-central Texas; nice durable tree but susceptible to leaf spots and persimmon wilt; tolerant of very adverse sites, maybe a candidate for parking lot islands if a male is used.