How to Plant Persimmon Trees


Persimmon trees are citrus trees that are often grown for their ornamental value in addition to their fruit. These trees are unique in that the fruit of the tree lasts well into late fall, clinging to the branches after the leaves have fallen. Persimmon trees can be divided into two types: the Oriental persimmon (D. kaki), which was brought to America from Asia, and the native--or American--persimmon (Diospyros virginiana). According to David Parker of Clemson University, the fruit of the Oriental persimmon is superior, but the trees are less hardy than the native version.

Step 1

Choose the right location for your persimmon tree. It should be planted in full sunlight, which means the tree should receive at least six hours of sunlight per day. Strong winds can damage the foliage, which is quite delicate, so persimmon trees should also be planted in a location where they will be protected from damaging winds.

Step 2

Test the pH level of the soil. These trees thrive in loamy soil with pH levels of between 5.8 to 6.5. To raise the pH level, amend the soil with lime to a depth of at least 12 inches.

Step 3

Dig a hole slightly wider than the root ball but as deep as the tap root. Persimmon trees have long tap roots, so this hole might be fairly deep. The long taproot also makes persimmon trees difficult to transplant, so choose your location wisely.

Step 4

Place the persimmon tree in the hole with the tap root vertical, not bent, then back fill the hole with the removed soil. Tamp down the soil to remove possible air pockets that may dry out the tree's roots, then water it thoroughly. Continue to water once weekly if rain is not present.

Step 5

Give the tree an application of nitrogen when it begins to bud. Use 1 oz for every year of the persimmon tree's age.

Things You'll Need

  • Soil testing kit
  • Lime (optional)
  • Shovel or spade
  • Watering tool
  • Nitrogen


  • North Carolina State University: Growing Oriental Persimmons
  • University of Hawaii: Persimmon General Information
  • Clemson University: Persimmon

Who Can Help

  • Cornell University: Minor Fruits: Persimmons
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April Sanders has been a professional writer since 1998. Previously, she worked as an educator and currently writes academic research content for EBSCO publishing and elementary reading curriculum for Compass Publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in social psychology from the University of Washington and a master's degree in information sciences and technology in education from Mansfield University.