Persimmons are native to both the southern United States and Asia and are popularly grown for both ornamental purposes and for their juicy, orange fruit. Though you can start some persimmon varieties via seed, buying a tree from a nursery is a faster method of establishing your backyard persimmon orchard. Don't just pick any tree available. Review and inspect the tree to ensure you're buying the best persimmon specimen available.
Choose the type of persimmons you wish to raise according to your climate. Generally, American persimmons are hardy down to -25 degrees Fahrenheit, while Asian persimmons are only hardy down to -10 degrees, according to the University of Georgia. Virginia Tech University says both categories have hundreds of individual varieties or cultivars. Consult your regional cooperative extension office for a list of varieties that thrive in your area.
Inspect the persimmon trees. The ideal candidate for purchase should have no unbroken branches and posses a round appearance. Saplings with a flattened top have been top-pruned and will not achieve their maximum height. Additionally, all of the persimmon's foliage and stems should be free of insects and be green with no wilted, brown or yellow leaves.
Review how the persimmon trees are packaged. Trees sold in burlap sacks should be stored at the nursery in a moist medium like wet wood chips. Trees kept in containers should not exhibit visible roots along the pot's surface, which means the pot is too small and the persimmon tree has likely become rootbound.
Check the gender of the plants, often noted on the tree's label. Though Asian persimmon varieties often produce both male and female flowers, thus self-pollinating themselves, most American persimmon varieties are a single gender and you'll need to buy both male and female trees, according to the University of Georgia.
Ask the nursery for the price of the tree. Price is an important indicator of the persimmon tree's health, according to the University of Vermont. The university says cheaper plants may save you money but have often been provided substandard care that may lead to health problems after you plant them.