DIOSPYROS virginiana

Commonly known as North American persimmon, Possum apple

An elegant tree with rugged bark and good autumn colour
Further Reading....
  • Deciduous
    Alternate leaves 10-15cm (4-6in) long, narrowing at the base. Young leaves are reddish green turning to glossy, dark-green as they mature and, sometimes, to orange and scarlet in the autumn.
  • Height
    15m (49ft)
  • Spread
    3m (10ft)
  • Tree
    Short, slender trunk with spreading, sometimes pendulous, branches.
  • Hardy - cold winter
    Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Full sun
    Shelter from cold drying winds.

DIOSPYROS virginiana

 
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Male and female flowers are produced, usually, on separate plants
    Pests & Diseases
    None.
    Place of origin
    Eastern USA.
  • Flower Shape
    Bell/Lantern
    Female, bell-shaped flowers to 3cm (1¼in) are larger than male flowers
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf margin
    Entire
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    Ovate
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Scented Plants
    Scented flowers
  • Seasonal Interest
    Summer
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile well drained soil
    Loamy.
  • Tree Shape
    Rounded to broadly spreading
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15m (49ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  3m (10ft)
 

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