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These are American persimmon tree seedlings. They are grown from 90 chromosomes of cold hardy America persimmons (Diospyros virginiana), all northern sourced seed. These Persimmon tree seedlings will reach heights between 50′ – 80′. These trees are grown from the seed derived from the Full Draw™ persimmon tree, seedlings from the late Jerry Lehmans orchard, and BH Hoosier. BH Hoosier seedlings are derived from many of our favorite persimmons, with Szukis being the pollinator to produce the seed. When producing from all female trees, the odds go up on having many female trees in your planting of seedlings. These are all cold hardy to about -30° F. They bloom from late May to early June, avoiding late damaging frosts to blossoms. Many times, American persimmon are referred to as common persimmon. However, these are anything but a common persimmon tree. These fast-growing persimmon trees are Vigorous, producing an extensive root system as seen in the pictures. Female persimmon trees produce fruit annually. Deer relish persimmon trees for their sweet plum-like fruit that drops in early fall through winter. Seedlings will be male or female. Only female persimmon trees produce fruit. Be sure to plant in groups of 6 to 10 and use tree spacing of 5-10′. Persimmons are very shade tolerant; even the center female will produce fruit from top to bottom as the trees mature together. When planting seedlings, you will get a variety of drop times from late summer through fall and into winter. When planting these persimmon seedlings into optimal soil, the females will begin flowering and producing in four years or less and carry their fruit. Going through the pictures, you can see what I mean about spacing and planting to create something extraordinary, as seen in the pictures on November 9th. Your options are below in size and variety. These will have a mature height of 50′ to 80′. Position them accordingly into your plantings so they don’t shade out other trees.
AMERICAN PERSIMMONS TREE SEEDLINGS (Diospyros virginiana)
Many times American persimmon trees are referred to as common persimmon. However, these are anything but a common persimmon tree as these are grown from specific cultivars. Cultivars that have 90 chromosomes and do not have 60 chromosomes persimmons involved in creating these trees’ hybrid trees. These American persimmon seedlings will all be cold hardy as they are 90s. They can grow into plant Hardiness zones 4b/5a zones. Seedlings are more vigorous and resilient than grafted persimmons.
Female persimmon trees produce fruit annually. Deer relish persimmon trees for their sweet plum-like fruit that drops in early fall through winter. Seedlings will be male or female. Only female persimmon trees produce fruit. Be sure to plant in groups of 6 to 10 and keep the spacing close to 5′ spacing. When planting seedlings, you will get a variety of drop times from late summer through fall. Planting these persimmon seedlings into optimal soil, they will begin flowering and producing in as little as four years.
1-2′ (bundles of 10) The Fine roots will all be intact, giving it a sound root system with trees of the different American persimmons varieties available measuring from 1-2′ high, not including the roots.
2-3′ These trees will have an excellent root system. They will range in height between 2′ to 3′ with a diameter of 1/4″ to 3/8″.
3-4′ These trees will have an extensive root system and typically have multiple branches. They will range in height between 3′ and 4′ with a 3/8″ to 1/2″ diameter.
FD Persimmon Seedlings: The original tree, Full Draw, is from North Central Indiana and has seen many cold temperatures to -30 from the polar vortexes throughout its life. It’s a very upright, vigorous, late, and productive tree. I have tested these seedling trees myself on the line of 5a/4b. They have only seen -24 ambient temperature with 100% survivability. They are as hardy as you would expect from any 90-chromosome persimmon seedling.
Jerry’s Orchard Persimmons Seedling: The seed used is from cultivars in row 100 and a lot from under the H63A and from F25 & 26, H118, B101, C100, Juhl/Yates, Lena, 100-46, D128, Morris Burton, and Prok. The late Jerry Lehman was a persimmons breeder in central Indiana and gave us many of the varieties we know today. This mix of seedlings comes from his orchard with some excellent cultivars, including some great male trees used for pollination to produce the seed from which these trees are grown.
BH Hoosier Persimmon Seedlings: The seed used to produce these seedlings are from cultivars Early Golden, John Rick, Yates/Juhl, Miller, Prok, Szukis, Elmo, H118, and Killeen. The tree used for a male pollinator for the cultivars above is Szukis. Szukis persimmon is a tree that produces many male and female flowers! Undoubtedly, these seedlings will produce many trees that will be seen in the future. When using all female seed it is going to push the odds towards these seedling being female and producing fruit.
PLANTING AMERICAN PERSIMMONS TREE SEEDLINGS
American persimmon trees will do best when planted in moist, well, drained, fertile loam soil with a pH of 6 to 7 and adequate nutrient levels. However, they are very adaptable to many soil types and conditions. Persimmons will tolerate even planting in heavy soils such as clay and a pH as low as 5.5 as long as adequate nutrients are available. American Persimmon trees do not do well when planted in wet soil. However, they will grow well in dry soil once they are established. You can adjust your planting by digging your hole oversized and adding amendments to your planting. This can be done by using some compost and lime. A soil test will show you want you need for amendments.
American Persimmon trees grow a very extensive root system; therefore, they are drought tolerant once established. These seedling-grown trees will give you a mature height of 50′ to 80′. Plant American persimmons on the northern side of other plantings as that can shade out other fruit trees in time. Space them at 5′-10′ in groves. Groves can consist of as many trees as you want to plant. Plant in an area that will receive six hours of direct sunlight on the grove. Persimmons are the most shade-tolerant tree you will ever plant. Even when spacing like this, if that center tree is a female, it will produce fruit from top to bottom when planted in clusters. Use at least 5′ cages to ensure your deer eat your persimmons in a few years and not your trees this year!
AMERICAN PERSIMMONS SEEDLINGS AND SOIL
As with any tree, persimmons need the appropriate nutrients available to them. This comes with an appropriate soil Ph so the trees can utilize the available nutrients. When the Ph in the soil is too low or too high, a tree or plant can not utilize the nutrients appropriately (yes, we can all stick a tree in the ground and get 3′ of growth on average to well below average soil, but if you’re reading this may you want to do better). I have Grown persimmons in every soil that there is in different locations across this country.
Essential nutrients for persimmons are Nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. Nitrogen is very mobile and moves through the soil profile fast. Nitrogen can be applied anytime after planting if you use mulch, your tree will not benefit as the wood will hold it back. At the same time, the other two nutrients mentioned above move very slowly down through the soil profile and attach themselves to any organic matter, such as mulch. Phosphorus and potassium must be added when planting, especially with trees, as you grow something much deeper in the earth than that clover in your food plot. You can accomplish these two nutrients by adding some compost. A few shovels full of compost give that tree something to feed off of bone meal, osmocote, or some 0-20-20, composted manure, which gives you the added benefit of organic matter and some micronutrients.
HOW PLANTING PERSIMMONS SEEDLING WORK
I’ve always run 50% in females when planting persimmons seedlings (Females are the trees that fruit). It’s a gamble, but when planted close together gives you the effect you are looking for, and you are planting persimmons that will be more resilient with better limb structure and more growth when utilizing the persimmon varieties above in your planting. The cost is more effective, and I have added the pictures above to show you what you could create with seedlings. We have good diversity in persimmons seedlings that you can purchase, and I recommend doing some of them if you’re looking to replicate the grove as seen in the pics above.
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1-2' Seedlings (bundle of 10 trees), 2-3' FD Persimmons Seedling, 3-4' FD Persimmons Seedling, 2-3' Jerry's Orchard persimmons Seedling, 3-4' Jerry's Orchard Persimmons Seedling, 2-3' BH Hoosier Persimmons Seedling, 3-4' BH Hoosier Persimmons seedling
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