Early Golden Common Persimmon Tree
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Early Golden Common Persimmon

Diospyros virginiana 'Early Golden'
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Early Golden like the rising sun! An early harvest of golden persimmons hanging from the tree like ornaments waiting for you to take a bit of these deliciously unique fruits! Persimmon isn’t common at all, although it deserves to be planted more often in landscapes across the country. This noble shade tree is admired for its dark, ruggedly handsome bark, which has a blocky pattern resembling the deep tread of a snow tire. It also delivers a wonderful splash of fall color with foliage that turns glowing yellow and in some cases takes on reddish tones. And on female trees, orange fruits may form that serve up a delectable dollop of all-natural, sugary-sweet goodness—the likes of which you’ll never find in the produce aisle of the grocery store. These Early Golden Persimmons are truly extraordinary!

Growth Facts

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The Story

Native from Connecticut to Florida and reaching as far west as Kansas, the Common Persimmon is a part of our country’s natural heritage. Since the days of the earliest Native Americans, its fruits have been a special treat for people in the East and Midwest. Don’t eat them before they’re ripe, though! Biting into a bitter persimmon before it’s ready is a mistake you’ll only make once. When they’re jelly-soft, however, they become as sweet as candy. Because the wood of the Persimmon Tree is incredibly hard, it’s used to make golf club heads. This tree is closely related to Ebony, a tropical tree with extremely dark, dense wood that has traditionally been used to make the black keys on pianos.

The Details

An easy-to-grow persimmon cultivar, Early Golden is the self-sufficient fruit tree that will make growing fruit look easy. One of the oldest cultivars, Early Golden, is a medium-sized tree that can adapt to a wide variety of growing conditions. Early Golden produces fruit with deep orange-colored skin with sweet-tasting flesh; some believe the flavor is similar to that of dates. There is no need to plant more than one persimmon; Early Golden is self-fertile and an easy tree in the landscape.

Height: 35-60 ft
Width: 25-35 ft
Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Foliage: Green
Zone: 4-9

How to Grow

Early Golden Common Persimmon flourishes in fencerows and other wild spaces all over the eastern U.S., and it will most likely thrive in your garden as well without a lot of fuss. Give it a site in all-day sun in soil that drains well. Regular water is important during the establishment period, but once its sturdy roots are firmly anchored in the ground, your Persimmon will be quite drought tolerant. Try to avoid damaging the trunk, which will encourage this tree’s natural tendency to sucker. Suckers may be cut or mowed off to maintain a single-trunked specimen, or they may be left to do their thing if you’d like a multi-stemmed, seasonal privacy screen to develop.

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