How to Prune a Persimmon Tree


Persimmon is a deciduous tree that grows in tropical climates like Hawaii. It can be as tall as 25 feet. Its leaves are 3 to 5 inches long and are shiny in appearance. Yellowish white flowers bloom in the spring and summer, along with fruit that are clusters of juicy berries. Pruning persimmon trees will improve their structure, health and overall appearance.

Step 1

Train young persimmon trees to be a central leader tree during the first few seasons. Choose the strongest stem to be the central leader and use shears to prune any others that compete with it. This will eliminate the development of codominant stems.

Step 2

Develop a pyramid shape by creating a scaffold whorl of branches. This is defined as a group of three to five main limbs, starting about 3 feet above the ground. A new whorl should be developed every foot up the trunk.

Step 3

Use pruning shears or a saw to cut off any branches that grow directly across from one another. Also cut those that grow straight up along the central leader.

Step 4

Prune mature persimmon trees during the dormant (winter) season in subsequent years. Identify and remove diseased, broken or dead branches. Also remove those that cross over each other.

Step 5

Cut some branches from the middle of the tree in order to open it up to sunlight and air. Both will nourish the tree and cut down on the chance of insect infestation.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand pruners
  • Pruning saw


  • Foti Landscape and Tree Service
  • Forestry Resources Extension
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