Persimmon trees are fruit-bearing trees that likely originated in China or Japan. These easy-to-grow trees are naturally resistant to many diseases, and they easily avoid late frost damage, as they are one of the last trees to bloom each spring. Persimmons are characterized by their fiery orange color. In fall, a persimmon tree’s foliage is a brilliant array of reds, oranges and yellows. We grow two types of persimmon trees: Asian persimmon trees and American persimmon trees. Mature Asian persimmon trees are comparatively smaller. American persimmon trees are larger, hardier and native to North America. Depending on the variety and ripeness, persimmons can be either astringent or non-astringent. All unripe American persimmons are astringent, so these should be eaten when fully ripe and soft.