Our bareroot, air prune bed grown, American Persimmons (Diospyros virginiana) are ready for planting. These first year trees have just gone dormant and are unsexed (not possible at this age), non-grafted, straight species. All are grown from seed collected by us in Ohio and Indiana in 2019 and planted in 2020. You know we love these native fruit trees and if you want to know more or revisit why, here are some YouTube videos we made that highlight why we love them and how to plant them.
Persimmon Pilgrimage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhV-B0ErgvA&t=18s
American Persimmon Abundance and Sanity in Native Foods: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3xgJg7u5jc
American Persimmon Hopes and Dreams: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyZ9326xens&t=1s
Bareroot American Persimmons Getting Ready for Dormancy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFd92ekXmQ4
How to Plant Bareroot Persimmons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJqpTXxTXWA&t=5s
Persimmon Seed Stratification 2020: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCs7IxxlUDA&t=2s
Check out: http://persimmonpudding.com/
Where to Plant: American Persimmons are hardy to at least Zone 5 and do well in a wide range of conditions. For best fruiting, A. Persimmons prefer sunshine. Think edges of fence rows or the middle of your yard. They can handle a fair bit of dryness and a fair bit of wetness after they are established. Make sure you give them regular drinks their first year in the ground.
How Many Should You Plant? A. Persimmons are mostly dioecious, which means males and females are on separate trees. Planting at least 4 gives you good odds of getting at least 1 female. We recommend planting no less than 4. There are many different thoughts on spacing so do what works for you. 20' is often recommended.
Ordering: Email us how many you would like of what size (listed below). We will fill orders in the order received. We will be in touch regarding your order and your specified preferred payment (Paypal, check or cash accepted).
10"+ Tall Bareroot, $10 ea.
6"-9" Tall Bareroot $5 ea.
Less than 6" Tall Bareroot &2.50 ea.
(Height = top growth only, not roots)
Sales tax is 7.25% and will be calculated once you place your order, if applicable.
Minimum $20 order.
Pickup in person by appointment here at the farm or shipping is available (price depends on where you live and how many trees; expect around $10-$20).
First year bareroots are often small, but they have hardy roots. Don't be fooled by big plants that have had their roots challenged in pots. Plant these young trees well, tamp the soil around them, cage or tube them and monitor for frost heaving during the winter. If you find that happening, mulch lightly around the base, but be mindful this often attracts rodents. Once the trees start growing again, water them if the rain faucet turns off and then let them work their growing magic.
Remember that American Persimmons are in the Ebenaceae family and therefore their roots and part of their stems are BLACK. This is a very healthy color for them.
Thank you for supporting The Common Milkweed nursery and all your local wildlife by growing native. We are so grateful for you all!