How to Transplant Persimmon Trees


Persimmons are one of the native fruits of North America. You can find them growing across most of the southeastern states, northward to New York and westward to Kansas. The persimmon is a pretty tree, especially in the fall when its leaves change to a warm orange color. You can transplant newly grown persimmon trees but only while they are young, due to their long taproot, and during the early spring before they have budded out too much.

Step 1

Prepare your site. Give the little tree at least 15 feet of space in every direction. The hole needs to be as deep as the central taproot is long. Keep the hole a bit wider than the root ball so the roots have loose soil to grow into. Make sure you are planting in an area of full sun and good drainage.

Step 2

Soak the tree roots thoroughly before planting. If you had your tree delivered in a bare root state, it needs a couple of hours of soaking before planting. Take care not to damage the central taproot. This soaking will rejuvenate the roots with moisture much faster than if you planted the tree directly in the soil.

Step 3

Place your persimmon tree in the hole, holding it straight while you slowly add the soil around the roots. If the plant already contains soil around the roots, try to keep the root ball as intact as possible. Tamp the soil in with the heel of your boot in layers as you add the soil, making sure there are no air pockets around the roots.

Step 4

Water the tree every few days until you notice new growth. After that, the tree should not need any extra water as its taproot reaches down for water below the surface of the soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel


  • University of Arkansas: Persimmons
  • Virginia Tech: Common Persimmon
Keywords: planting a persimmon tree, transplanting a persimmon, persimmon tree care

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Based in Maryland, Heidi Braley, currently writes for local and online media outlets. Some of Braley's articles from the last 10 years are in the "Oley Newsletter," "Connections Magazine," GardenGuides and Braley's college life included Penn State University and Villanova University with her passions centered in nutrition and botany.