DIOSPYROS virginiana

Commonly known as North American persimmon, Possum apple

An elegant tree with rugged bark and good autumn colour
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DIOSPYROS virginiana

Available Early Spring 2022 - Spring according to the Met office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore early spring is early March to mid-April. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
£17.50 each 
Delivery Information Available Early Spring 2022
plant size comparison icon 2 to 3 Litre
  • 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 - average winter Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
  • Full sun
    Shelter from cold drying winds.
  • Additional Features
    Good to know - male and female flowers are produced, usually, on separate plants
  • Pests & Diseases
  • Place of origin
    eastern USA.
  • Flower Shape
    Bell/Lantern - female, bell-shaped flowers to 3cm (1¼in) are larger than male flowers
  • Hardiness
    Frost hardy (down to -5)
  • 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
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile well drained soil - loamy.
  • Tree Shape
    Rounded to broadly spreading
15m (49ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  3m (10ft)

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