Common Persimmon Diospyros virginiana

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Botanical Name:

Diospyros virginiana







Common Name:

Common Persimmon

Seeds Per Pound:
3.8 lb
Average Viable Seeds/Packet:
Germination Test Type:
40-60 feet
Collection Locale:
Arlington, VA
Crop Year:
Minimum Hardiness Zone:

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Collected in the northern range of this species. 

In Stock: 3.8 lb
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Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days.
Germination: sow 1" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
In a Nutshell:
* It is a small tree usually thirty to eighty feet (ten to twenty-four meters) in height, with a short, slender trunk and spreading, often pendulous branches, which form sometimes a broad and sometimes a narrow round-topped head. more...
* Grown for its yellow or orange fruit, to 1 1/2", in fall. more...
* About the size of a plum, the fruit has an exquisitely rich flavour when it is fully ripe.
* The fruit can also be dried and used in bread, cakes etc.
* Molasses can be made from the fruit pulp. more...
* When ripe, the sweet fruit of Persimmon somewhat recalls the flavor of dates.
* Persimmons are consumed fresh and are used to make puddings, cakes, and beverages. American Indians made persimmon bread and stored the dried fruit like prunes. Opossums, raccoons, skunks, deer, and birds also feed upon the fruit.
* The word persimmon is of Algonquian origin, while the genus name Diospyros, from the Greek, means fruit of the god Zeus. more...
* Fruit is high in fiber and full of antioxidants. more...

Ebony family (Ebenaceae). Native trees growing 5-12 (-21) meters tall; mature bark darkgray, thick and blocky. Leaves are deciduous, simple, alternate, ovate to elliptic or oblong with smooth edges, 3.5-8 cm long, with an acuminate apex and rounded base, the lower surface usually lightercolored, especially on young leaves. Flowers are either male (staminate) or female (pistillate), borne on separate trees (the species dioecious) on shoots of the current year after leafing; pistillate flowers solitary, sessile or short-stalked, bell-shaped, ca. 2 cm long, the corolla creamy to greenish-yellow, fragrant, usually with 4 thick, recurved lobes; staminate flowers in 2-3-flowered clusters, tubular, 8-13 mm long, greenish-yellow. Fruit is a berry 2-5 cm wide, greenish to yellowish with highly astringent pulp before ripening, turning yellowish-orange to reddishorange and sweet in the fall, each fruit with 1-8 flat seeds. The common name, persimmon, is the American Indian word for the fruit.

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