Elmo American Persimmon Tree

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A disease-resistant American Persimmon with a sweet flavor and a reliable crop!

The Elmo American Persimmon is a hand-pollinated cross of Golden Supreme and Garretson Persimmon. It is also referred to as Claypool A-118. Chosen for its reliable crop of large fruits resistant to both pests and diseases. Elmo Persimmon is known for its heavy bearing. In Fall, enjoy harvesting large, orange, flavorful fruit with no black spots.

Creamy-yellow buds, vibrant green leaves, large orange/red fruit, colder weather leaves turn yellow/orange.

Persimmons look and taste like the Fall season. Elmo American Persimmons are non-astringent, meaning they are sweeter and ripe, ready to be eaten immediately after picking. They can be roasted, dried, canned, and baked. Pairing well with warm spices, persimmon fruits are a staple for Fall baking. This unique fruit is a terrific addition to a healthy diet, full of vitamins A & C, nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber.

Growing American Persimmons

The American persimmon (Diospyros virginiana), also known as the common persimmon, is native from Florida to Connecticut, west to Iowa and south to Texas.

Persimmon trees can tolerate some shade but require sun for ripening fruit. Persimmons are easy-to-grow and adapt to a wide range of soil types. They are cold-hardy, tolerating winter temperatures to minus 25 degrees F. Once established, they can withstand considerable drought. Almost all American persimmon trees require a pollinator to bear fruit. See pollinator recommendations and other characteristics below.

Elmo Persimmons ripen in October to November. Come harvest in the fall, you’ll easily spot the bright orange fruit. The fruit softens and sweetens once they experience frost.

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Since 1816, Stark Bro’s has promised to provide customers with the very best fruit trees and plants. It’s just that simple. If your trees or plants do not survive, please let us know within one year of delivery. We will send you a free one-time replacement, with a nominal shipping fee of $9.99. If the item in question is not available, we can issue a one-time credit to your account equaling the original product purchase price or issue you a refund. Read more about our warranty policy.


Bloom Color Cream, Yellow
Fruit Color Orange
Fruit Size Large
Ripens/Harvest October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet
Texture Soft
Years to Bear 3 - 4
Zone Range 4 - 9

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 35 - 60' tall x 20 - 35' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 35 - 60' apart to ensure room for growth.

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 9
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 100' for best pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow persimmon trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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