Persimmons are a native Michigan species that occur naturally about halfway up the lower peninsula. They are a medium to large size tree (to 60′ tall) that produce 1 1/2″ diameter, round to flattish yellow-orange fruits that ripen and are edible after a good frost. Many people consider them a delicacy, and persimmons were an important food source for the native Americans. The fruits are very high in vitamins and other nutrients. Deer and other wildlife consume them rapidly as they ripen and drop in the fall. In recent years they have been planted heavily for food plots.
The rapid growing trees are very ornamental with large, medium-dark green drooping leaves, and a nice rounded shape as the trees mature. They develop a deep taproot and grow best on well drained soils in part to full sun. On good sites they begin bearing fruit in 6-8 years. Unfortunately, persimmon trees are either male or female, and both are required in the same area to set fruit, but there is no way to tell them apart until they begin producing. It’s recommended to plant at least six trees in one area to assure a good crop.
2′ – 3′ tall, bareroot trees are priced at $6.00 each.