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:
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.
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.
Persimmons symbolize having a choice and transformation.