The persimmon tree is a very popular tree that is grown throughout most of the United States. Many people love the tree because of the great fruit that it produces and the beauty that it adds to the landscape. With over two hundred species, and varieties of the tree, the persimmon tree is grown in several different areas around the world. The most known, however, are grown in specific conditions and growing regions.
American Persimmon Tree
Of all the persimmon trees, the American Persimmon tree is the most versatile. This tree is native to the Eastern United States and will grow in several different climates and soil conditions. It is seen from southern Connecticut to Florida but also grows in the Texas and Kansas areas.
The American persimmon tree does need full sun to grow. It needs warm temperatures and sun to help it germinate and grow to maturity. Water is an important part of its initial growth. Once the tree reaches maturity, however, it becomes quite tolerant to drought-like conditions. The tree can grow in a wide variety of places and is often seen in abandoned fields and fence rows.
Oriental Persimmon Trees
The Oriental Persimmon tree is not quite as hardy as the American version. It is generally found in Southeast Asia, Korea and southern Japan. It has also been transplanted in California and the surrounding areas. While the tree can tolerate some freezing temperatures (it will become dormant over the winter), it really thrives in warmer climates and in rich soil.
Full sun is needed for the persimmon tree to thrive as it produces fruit. It can tolerate some shade when it is established and mature. Some of the persimmon trees that are grown in the fringes of their region should always be in full sun and protected from any cool breezes.
The Oriental Persimmon tree does very well in any most soil conditions. The one caveat is that the soil not contain any salt. It should also have very good drainage. A pH level of 6.5 to 7.5 is preferred and the tree will thrive in deep, well drained loam. Once established, the tree can withstand periods of drought and not be harmed from it. The fruit production will falter some as it will produce larger, and more abundant fruit harvests when well watered.
Black Persimmon Trees
The Black Persimmon tree is native to Mexico and Southwest Texas. It does not grow to a very large height, only 20 to 30 feet. It also produces very popular fruit that many people will eat raw, but is also used in a lot of tropical dishes. The Black Persimmon tree thrives in the climate of the tropical regions and does not do well in colder climates. It can withstand cold snaps, but not for very long. As with most persimmon trees, this tree can withstand seasons of drought and still produce some fruit. It does best when in full shade and it needs deep soil for the taproot to grow.