Garretson American Persimmon Tree

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An early-ripening, cold-hardy persimmon!

Hardy all the way up to zone 4! The Garretson American Persimmon is a seedling of Early Golden, making it a relatively early ripener and it has been noted to ripen as far north as Geneva NY, and Grant MI. The small to medium-sized fruit is a rich orange color, soft with good flavor and small seeds. The Garretson American Persimmon is known for its high yields.

Persimmons look and taste like the Fall season. These 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.

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. Can tolerate some shade but requires sun for ripening fruit. Expect almost no pest and disease problems!

Almost all American persimmon trees require a pollinator to bear fruit. See pollinator recommendations and other characteristics below.

Early Garretson American Persimmons ripen in early October. 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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Bloom Color Cream, Yellow
Fruit Color Orange
Fruit Size Small - Medium
Ripens/Harvest Early October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet
Texture Firm Until Soft Ripe
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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