Many customers ask…Can I grow persimmon trees north of their “native” southern range? The answer is a simple “YES”….as long as they are the right varieties. Deer Luscious™ and Full Draw™ persimmon trees are both very cold hardy northern American persimmon trees. Full Draw™ is a late dropping persimmon tree with fruit annually falling well into winter. This large sweet persimmon fully ripens on the tree, begins dropping in September and continues into winter. This tree also is one of the last persimmon trees to wake up in the spring avoiding those late damaging frosts. During the polar vortex of 1994 Full Draw™ received -31 -27 -26 below zero temperatures. Deer Luscious™ is a very early bearing persimmon tree. Dropping a large fully ripe persimmon annually starting in mid September and falling into mid December. The original Deer Luscious™ persimmon tree resides in north central Pennsylvania and is well over a 100 years old. This tree has seen temps from -20 to -30 degrees to many times to list.
It is a commonly held belief that persimmons need a frost before they can be eaten. This assumption is simply not true. All the varieties that we have available will be dropping free from the tree orange and ripe. This is something that’s very important in the north. Why? Because deer don’t want to eat an astringent half green persimmons, just like we would not want to either. We have a wide variety of persimmons available with specific drop times creating an excellent food source for deer. Persimmons trees have little to no insect pressure or disease issues and require no spraying. Making them the lowest maintenance tree possible to plant for deer. Most of all…..THEY ARE RELISHED BY WHITETAIL DEER!
Price $32.00 - $42.00
Grafted trees (2’-3′) are $32.00 each
Grafted trees (3’-5’) are $42.00 each.
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Grafted American Persimmon Trees
All of Blue Hill’s grafted American persimmon trees are grafted onto the very vigorous rootstock of Full Draw seedlings. This persimmon when being used as rootstock is going to provide you with a very large persimmon tree reaching heights of up to 80′ and producing an excessive amount of fruit. Grafted female persimmon trees (genetic clone) grow true to original tree characteristics and bear fruit sooner than trees grown from seeds. Grafted persimmons will typically begin producing in 3-5 years depend on your soil fertility and care.
Original Deer Lusciuos™ Persimmon Tree
American Persimmons Seedlings
As you can see by the yard stick in the picture, the seedlings grown from the seed of the Full Draw are very vigorous. After only a few months growth and plenty of growing season left, these trees are reaching for the top of the yard stick.
The seeds for these seedling are derived from the original Full Draw persimmon tree which is cold hardy to -30° F. These are 90 chromosome cold hardy America persimmon trees that reach heights of between 50’ – 80’. They bloom from late May to early June avoiding late damaging frosts. The female trees will produce annually and are relished by deer for their sweet plum like fruit that drops in early fall through winter. Persimmon trees grown from seed will be male or female, only female trees produce fruit be sure plant in groups of 6 to 10. When planting seedling you will get a variety of drop times from late summer and in through fall.
Size 2′ to 3′ $6.00 each
3′ to 5′ $9.00 each