Meader American Persimmon
Meader American Persimmon was selected by the late Professor Elwyn Meader in New Hampshire, this outstanding, self-fertile variety produces delicious, sweet, deep orange fruit. A fine ornamental as well, Meader’s large, dark green foliage turns a beautiful red and yellow in the fall.
One of our best native American fruits and hardy to minus 25 degrees F., American Persimmon can be grown in all but the coldest regions of the U.S. Our hard-to-find, grafted varieties produce bountiful crops of delicious, light-orange fruit. American Persimmon fruit is ready to eat when it is soft like a tomato and is great for fresh eating and for making delectable cookies, cakes, and other treats. American Persimmon trees are easy to keep 10-12 ft in height with pruning.
They like full to half day sun and can grow on most soils. Our varieties are partially to fully self-fertile but all will bear heavier crops with a Male tree for pollination. Naturally pest and disease resistant, our American Persimmon varieties can produce 30 lbs. or more of fruit and often begin bearing the 2nd or 3rd year after planting.
Latin Name: Diospyros virginiana
Site and Soil: Persimmons like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Meader American Persimmon is self-fertile.
Hardiness: American Persimmon is hardy to minus 25°F.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 10-12 ft. in height (with occasional pruning).
Bloom Time: June
Ripening Time: Late September
Yield: 30+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Persimmon trees are not bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 4
Sunset Western Zone: 3-9, 14-16, 18-23
Sunset Northeast Zone: 31, 32, 34-41