Latin: Diospyros virginiana
Other common names: Common Persimmon, American Persimmon
Mature Height: 35′ to 40′ tall, fast growing
Soil/Climate: native to eastern North America, Persimmons can tolerate and adapt to a wide range of climates. hardy to zone 4, prefers moist, well-drained soil often found growing in sandy, infertile soils, full sun.
Notes: Leaves turn yellow to red fall color, uses are park tree, its fruit and to attract wildlife. Persimmon tree wood has a limited use in the manufacture of objects requiring hard wood, wooden flutes and wooden spoons to name a few. They are one of the last trees to leaf out in spring and dont flower until well after the leaves have formed so there is little chance of blosoms freezing. Because they grow fast they are ideal for helping recover habitat. . Its fruit is traditionally eaten in a special steamed pudding in the Midwest.
Wildlife: Persimmon tree, unlike many fruiting trees, ripens in the fall, providing juicy and nutritious food in later months for deer, quail, turkey, grouse, pheasant, opossum, and coons.