Yates Common Persimmon Tree
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Yates Common Persimmon

Diospyros virginiana 'Yates'
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This cold-hardy and native fruit isn't as 'Common' as its name leads you to believe - discovered in the early 1980s, the Yates Common Persimmon is a deliciously sweet 'best-kept secret' in the home orchard world. In Fall (September to October, depending on location), these delectable fruits ripen to a deep orange color, signifying that they are a 'GO'! Be patient, though - if you take a bite of an unripe Persimmon, be prepared to pucker up as they can be very astringent! This variety of Persimmon is self-fertile. However, it would be highly beneficial to have a second variety nearby as you'll get larger fruits and a heftier harvest. These large fruits (measuring 2-2.5'' diameter!) are best used in jams, pudding, cookies, and of course, fresh eating!

Growth Facts

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The Story

Yates comes to us from Indiana where it was grown, and now is shared with growers all over! 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 all-around all-star, Yates is the player that we all want on our team! A fast-growing tree, Yates can grow almost anywhere due to its tolerance to heat and cold. This persimmon ripens at the end of summer in late August, early September, produces buttery-soft fruit, and has a sweet flavor similar to that of an apricot. Although self-pollinating, it is recommended to have another persimmon growing within half a mile to ensure that the fruit produced is large and seedless for your enjoyment.

Height: 35-50 ft
Width: 25-35 ft
Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Foliage: Green
Zone: 4-9

How to Grow

Yates 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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