Diospyros virginiana

Common name: Persimmon

Native plant

Persimmon is dioecious, meaning male and female flowers are found on separate trees. Therefore, you must have both trees to have fruit. As we raise our plants from seed, we are unable to determine sex until the fourth year. The yellow-orange fruit is edible in the fall, and when ripe it is truly delicious. Caution: the mouth-puckering unripened fruit will be an experience you will never forget. Persimmon is moderate in growth, tolerates light shade but prefers full sun and likes good garden soil. Yellow fall color. Native to central Illinois. The bark on mature trees is brown/black, broken into beautiful scale-like blocks.


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun

Bloom period

Late Spring

Urban environment

Road-side/Salt Tolerant, Yards that Flood


Sandy Soils, Savannas

Growth form

Single trunk, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color

Green White

Fall color



Mature height
30 Feet
Mature width
10 Feet
Max height
40 Feet
Max width
30 Feet

Additional information

Edible fruit

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