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How to Plant a Persimmon Tree

By Bridget Kelly ; Updated September 21, 2017

The persimmon tree has been around for a very long time. Native to China, it was brought to California in the 19th century. It is best grown in mild weather such as in USDA zones 7 to 10. The shape, size and color of the fruit can vary widely, according to cultivar. The trick to growing a persimmon tree on your property is to make sure all of the fruit is harvested, as it will otherwise drop to the ground and make a mess.

Choose an area of the garden that gets sun all day and offers protection from any breezes.

Perform a soil pH test. This can be done by either purchasing an inexpensive testing kit from the garden center, or by taking a soil sample to the county extension office. You will want to aim for a pH range of 6.5 to 7.5.

Study the results of the pH test and purchase any soil amendments required.

Dig up the planting area to a depth of 12 inches, piling the soil on the side of the planting area.

Add a 4-inch layer of compost and any amendments suggested by the soil test and mix them well with the pile of soil.

Replace the amended soil into the planting area and level the surface with a rake.

Dig a hole the same width and depth as the pot in which the persimmon is planted.

Remove the persimmon tree, carefully, from the pot. Persimmon trees have very fragile root systems, so try to disturb them as little as possible.

Lower the tree into the planting hole and backfill with soil.

Water the tree until the water puddles around the base. This will help settle the tree in the hole and remove any air pockets. Water the tree deeply, until the water accumulates at the base, weekly.


Things You Will Need

  • Soil pH testing kit
  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Rake

About the Author


Based in the American Southwest, Bridget Kelly has been writing about gardening and real estate since 2005. Her articles have appeared at Trulia.com, SFGate.com, GardenGuides.com, RE/MAX.com, MarketLeader.com, RealEstate.com, USAToday.com and in "Chicago Agent" magazine, to name a few. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing.