May Tree of the Month: Common Persimmon

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For our May Tree of the Month, we’ve chosen the Common Persimmon, also known as the American Persimmon!  We gave away 3,000 persimmon seedlings this spring at vaccination sites, breweries, and community events. This medium-maturing tree is native to the United States, and although it grows somewhat slowly, it will start producing fruit at around six years of age. The tree itself has glossy green leaves that turn reddish-orange in the fall. In the spring, it grows bell-shaped yellow or white flowers. These flowers are dioecious, meaning each tree produces flowers of a specific sex. 

Size at maturity:

  • Height: 25-50 feet
  • Crown spread: 15-30 feet


  • Oval or rounded crown, moderate in size


  • Small, bell shaped white or cream colored flowers. The male flowers have 2-3 flower clusters while the females appear alone.


  • When ripe, the persimmon fruit is large and orange.  Although the texture is tough, the fruit is somewhat sweet and eaten by wildlife.  Persimmon fruit can be enjoyed on its own or made into pies, jams, and ice cream!


  • Full sun to reach full potential, but can grow in partial sun or shade.


  • Moist, well-drained, loamy soil is ideal.

Natural Range:

  • Ranges from Connecticut to Florida and as far west as Texas. 


Persimmon trees can be used for their ornamental value due to their delicate bell-flowers and bright fall color.  Of course, their fruit yields can be made into many dishes. The wood from these trees are used to make flooring, veneers, golf head clubs, and more. 

Environmental/wildlife benefits:

The fruits from this tree are very beneficial to surrounding wildlife. Over 28 different animal species feed on them, including opossum, deer, and many songs. 

Fun fact: 

Persimmons symbolize having a choice and transformation.

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