Common Persimmon

All About the Common Persimmon:

Scientific Nomenclature: Diospyros virginiana

Common Names: persimmon, common persimmon, American persimmon, winter plum, date plum, possumwood

Mature Height: 35–60 feet

Mature Spread: 20–35 feet

Growth Rate: Slow 

Attracts Wildlife: Pollinators, birds and mammals.

Messiness: Fruits mature and drop in autumn. Flowers bloom in spring and early summer and drop after. Leaves drop in autumn. 

Shape: Oval

Native to Kentucky: Yes

Preferred Soils: Moist, well-drained sandy soils are preferable, but the tree occasionally tolerates dry clays. Common persimmons grow in a range of soil conditions, having no preference over acidic (<6.0pH), neutral (6.0–8.0pH) or alkaline (>8.0pH) soils. Persimmon trees are also very tolerant of urban conditions.

Screening: Not used as a screening/privacy tree.

Drought Tolerance: While tolerant of poor soil conditions, it is intolerant of drought.

Coniferous or Deciduous: Deciduous tree

Pruning: Very rarely needs pruning, if ever.

Climate Quick Facts:

Following being planted as a sapling, over 20 years one common persimmon will:

  • Sequester ~205 pounds of CO2.
  • Reduce stormwater runoff by 195 gallons.