The persimmon tree is a tropical plant that grows in climates that are warm and wet. It can grow well in areas with a high amount of rainfall as well as those with a more moderate climate. The tree has a thick trunk and large, heart-shaped leaves.

The persimmon tree, a member of the ebony family, is a beautiful, leafy plant that produces a fruit with a sweet, tangy taste. The fruit has a creamy consistency and can be eaten fresh or dried. Persimmons are native to China and Japan but have been cultivated in North America since colonial times.

The persimmon tree is not difficult to grow. It thrives in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 9, where it can reach 30 to 40 feet tall. Although it prefers full sun, persimmon trees will grow in partial shade. They do not tolerate frost well and should be planted where they will receive protection from cold winds or winter freezes if possible.

Persimmon trees are deciduous, meaning they lose their leaves in the fall and winter. These trees can grow up to 40 feet tall if not properly maintained, but with proper pruning, a persimmon tree can be kept at a height of around 20 feet. This will also help keep the tree from producing too many persimmons, which can be difficult for smaller trees to handle. The following are some tips on how to care for persimmon trees.


The best time to prune your persimmon tree is in late winter or early spring, before the buds begin to swell. Pruning too early can cause scarring and injury that will not only affect the health of this year’s growth but also future years as well.

Prune your persimmon tree only if necessary: remove dead branches (which are brown) or diseased branches (which are wilted and gray), as well as any branch that is growing in the wrong direction or otherwise interfering with other branches’ growth potentials.


To keep your persimmon tree healthy and looking its best, water it deeply but infrequently. Watering in the morning is preferable because it allows the leaves to dry out during the day, which helps prevent diseases like leaf rot and mold. Use a watering can or hose to ensure that all of the soil is thoroughly moistened; don’t just sprinkle around the edges of your plant. Be sure not to overwater, as this could cause root rot or surface roots on your plant (which look unsightly and make for an easy target for pests).

If you’re unable to check how much water has already been absorbed by your soil from previous watering sessions before adding more water, fill up a bucket with water from your tap and allow several minutes for it to drain out of the bottom into another bucket below, this will tell you whether there’s still moisture left after last night’s rainstorm or if you should add more today. If there isn’t any runoff after five minutes’ worth of waiting time, or if there only seems like there’s very little runoff, then chances are good that no new watering needs doing today.


The best time to fertilize a persimmon tree is during the spring and summer seasons. Fertilizer should be applied every three to four months, when the tree is dormant. If you choose to fertilize more frequently than this, you will risk burning your leaves.

You should apply fertilizer in a circle around the base of your persimmon tree in order for it to reach new roots that can help support fruit production.

Soil and Amendments

You will need to have the soil pH tested to make sure it is between 6.0 and 7.5 for your persimmon tree to do well. If the soil is too acidic or alkaline, it can cause problems for your plant and even death if left untreated.

The texture of the soil should be a loamy-sand type with good drainage properties as well as high organic matter content (or humus). This will help prevent compaction from occurring as well as retain moisture while simultaneously allowing air circulation around roots when they become established in this environment. Soil amendments such as peat moss, composted manure, leaf mold and other sources are often used to improve drainage in clay soils which tend to hold onto water longer than sandy soils do (i.e., no more than 24 hours).


The light requirement for persimmon trees depends on the variety. Most varieties need at least six hours of direct sunlight each day, but some require as much as 10 hours. If you do not have an area in which your tree can get this much light, consider moving to another location or growing your tree in a container that has good drainage and plenty of sun exposure.

If you have too little natural light and keep your persimmon trees indoors or grow them inside containers in a shade house, they will produce smaller fruit with smaller seeds and less sugar than if they were grown outside.

Cold protection

You can protect your persimmon tree from frost and freezing by wrapping the pot in burlap or other cloth. You should also cover the tree with a glass cloche, which is a mini greenhouse that will keep your plant warm and protected. If you don’t have either of these things, place several layers of newspaper around your tree, as well as any other insulation that you can find. Make sure to remove any extra material when it warms up outside so that it doesn’t trap moisture around the roots or cause rot in the soil.

If you’re worried about cold temperatures during fall and winter months (which many people are), consider planting a persimmon tree near a house or garage wall where it can receive reflected heat from exterior walls for at least part of both seasons’ durations.

Making sure your persimmon tree doesn’t freeze requires some planning.

  • Planting your persimmon tree in a frost pocket is a sure way to kill it. Make sure that the area you are planting your tree in receives at least 6 hours of sunlight per day.
  • If you plant the tree next to or under a building, make sure that it will not be in direct contact with the building and receive no more than 4 hours of direct sunlight per day.

If you keep these things in mind, then caring for your persimmon tree will be easy.

How To Care For Persimmon Tree using fertilizer

Once a month, water the tree with half of a cup (125 ml) of fertilizer. Apply it around the base of the tree, on top of its roots. If you have an automatic timer for your watering system, set it to give half a gallon (1 liter) once a month. This will ensure that your tree’s root system gets enough nutrients without over-fertilizing or burning its roots.

You should also check out our list of other kinds of trees you can grow in your yard.

How To Care For Persimmon Tree using pest controller

When it comes to pest control, the best way to ensure that your persimmon tree, and any other fruit trees you may have, is healthy and thriving is by using a professional pest controller. A professional will know exactly what type of pest control method is most effective for each situation, and will use their expertise to give your fruit trees the care they need. If you have an existing problem with pests or disease on your fruit trees, then a professional can come in and eradicate these issues once and for all.

The best time of year to treat pests is during winter months when many insects are hibernating under bark or in tree cavities. Pests tend not to thrive during this time period because they cannot find food sources due to lack of sunlight reaching lower branches; however, some species are still active enough during this season where treatment may be necessary depending on location within state jurisdiction limits (state laws vary widely).


If you follow the steps we’ve outlined, your persimmon tree should grow to be healthy and fruitful. Persimmons are great trees for home orchards because they’re easy to care for and don’t require a lot of space. The fruit they produce is also delicious! We hope this article has inspired you to invest in a persimmon tree of your own.

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