Prok American Persimmon

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Larger than most American persimmons. This variety bears huge crops of sweet, juicy fruit. Tree reaches 30-50' tall. Ripens in mid September to late fall. Grafted. Self-pollinating.
Note: Our persimmon trees are grown in EZ Start® pots, which allow the roots to self-air prune and redirect energy to producing a dense mass of feeder roots. The main tap root will begin forming once planted in its permanent location, and will fully develop over the next 2-3 years.

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Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Orange
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Mid September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet
Texture Soft, Smooth
Years to Bear 3 - 4
Zone Range 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
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 compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 35 - 50' tall x 35 - 50' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 35 - 50' apart to ensure room for growth.


This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

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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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Love them.
Mark on Mar 5, 2021
I want to have a beautiful fall foliage in front of my house with edible exotic fruits
Amor L on Jan 31, 2021
Love them.
Mark on Mar 5, 2021
Remember Persimmon trees of my youth and it is not a common tree.
William S on Mar 1, 2021
I want to have a beautiful fall foliage in front of my house with edible exotic fruits
Amor L on Jan 31, 2021
First time trying looking forward to growing persimmons
Terry M on Jan 25, 2021
By reading the web site via on line
Mary H on Nov 4, 2020
It's a self pollinator.
James F. T on Nov 1, 2020
I have always wanted to grow a persimmon tree and I trust Stark Bros. for first quality fruit trees. Additionally, Stark has a great number of helpful text and media supplements to help any level gardener.
Peter M on Oct 29, 2020
I grew up with wild persimmons and love making jam and jelly. As they grow here in the creek bottoms in New Mexico I thought I would try one in my little orchard esp since self pollinating.
Bluehare on Oct 20, 2020
From my first taste of a persimmon, during a girl scout camp-out, I loved the sweet, soft fruit. I saw one recently in a state park and tasted it. It hasn't had time to sweeten and I was disappointed. I am thrilled to find a grafted variety. We look forward to the first crop of fruit.
Susan K on Oct 20, 2020
The flavor is supposed to be great.
Debbie B on Sep 14, 2020
self fertile is important. I have a seedling alongside it but don't know the 'gender' of the wild seedling
Michelle S on May 28, 2020
Family share it
Kham K on May 23, 2020
I enjoy the taste very much, very large and sweet fruit.
FRANK G on Dec 16, 2019
This is not an easy fruit to buy.
Lily L on May 12, 2019
Had persimmon in the Midwest as a child, and hope the tree will do well here.
Gregory B on Feb 4, 2019
Great comments from other who had purchase these and I have always wanted to grow Persimmons they are a favorite of my wife and mine.
Todd J on Mar 25, 2017
Recommended by University of Ky.
Patsy Hawes G on Mar 15, 2017
hardy in my location
harlan b on Feb 28, 2017
The description sounded appealing. Persimmons grow wild in Missouri, so I'm hoping this domestic one will do well.
Diana L K on Sep 13, 2016
trying to collect as many persimmons as I can
Mark L on Aug 26, 2016
Remember Persimmon trees of my youth and it is not a common tree.
William S on Mar 1, 2021
First time trying looking forward to growing persimmons
Terry M on Jan 25, 2021
Is this an astringent variety?
Shirley on Dec 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Prok will be astringent if it is not allowed to fully ripen. You cannot judge ripeness by the skin color, since the fruit will be fully orange before it is ripe. When ripe, Prok persimmon fruit should be completely soft, with an almost jelly-like texture inside when it is sweet enough to eat. A good sign of ripeness is when the fruit starts dropping from the tree. Just gather and enjoy!
Deer resistant?
Jessi on Sep 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Jessi, I planted 4 persimmons (2 american, 2 asian) 2 years ago and have not seen any deer damage. Persimmons are native here, and the deer seem to leave them alone. I did have a few that died back the first winter, but resprouted in the spring. Hope this helps!
Gene in Southern Illinois- same latitude as St. Louis, MO.
I only have room for one persimmon. I am zone 5A and am thinking it's either going to be a Prok or a Yates. Please elaborate on the differences in actual size, fall color, flavor of fruit, and production and fertility. If you had to pick just one tree, which would you go with? Thanks for any help.
Barbara S on Jun 10, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Definitely go with prok. Its a larger persimmon with better quality fruit than yates.
I see this says it???s self fertile but most sources on other websites say that American persimmons need a male and a female tree. How is this one self fertile? Does it have both components grafted on?
Kelly C on Feb 21, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Our persimmons are grafted and this variety has been proven to not need a pollinator to bear the fruit. I can not speak for other nurseries and their product.
This item in your catalog #12FA1006 is $33.99. If I order this item will I get the catalog price?
William T on Nov 22, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately we have not had a catalog for over a year and no longer are publishing one, those prices are no longer valid. All availability and prices can now be found online only at
do I need male & female for fruiting?
tracy b on Sep 24, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Persimmons are self pollinating and do not require another variety to bear fruit. However planting a second variety will increase your crop yield.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Is this a grafted tree?
Susan K on Oct 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Susan - Our persimmon trees are indeed grafted. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Will some fruit remain on the tree until November?
Bryan S on Oct 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi Bryan, This is a great question. The Prok American Persimmon ripens in mid-September in a zone 5b. If you're in a warmer zone, they will ripen earlier and if you're in a colder zone, they will ripen later. I don't believe they will hold on until November. If they do, they will be over ripe and possibly rotten. I hope this information is helpful. Your planting success is important to us!
does a prok persimmon grown from seed a true prok?
uncle bill on Oct 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The chances are iffy at best. The only way to guarantee a true Prok permission is to graft a scion of the parent onto a suitable rootstock.
Is this same as native persimmon?
Jonathan W on Oct 2, 2020
How badly do Prok persimmons sucker? Also, I've read that they don't require much pruning, especially after they are established for a while; is that true?
Barbara S on Jul 28, 2020
Does the Prok persimmon tree have thorns? When I googled whether or not a persimmon tree had thorns, it said that they had 7" ones. I can't find any mention of thorns on your site, so I figured I'd ask. Please don't respond if you don't know the answer!
Barbara S on Jul 28, 2020

Customer Reviews

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prok persimmons
My dad bought 4 trees for me about 10 years ago. 3 of them have made it. They have had fruit for at least the last 6 years. Most of them have 1 to 3 seeds. This year some of the fruit are 2 1/2" across. I would highly recommend that you try these.

Kent Roach Darlington Indiana
October 6, 2016
first year review only
the container tree established quickly when planted before leafout and more than tripled in size the first year.
March 25, 2016
Produced fruit in first full growing season
We purchased 1 Prok and 2 Yates persimmons as a package. We received them near the end of summer, 2016. All three grew well in 2017, with the Prok producing 4 persimmons which were edible in the first full growing season. Very pleased.
January 10, 2018
over 4 years ago
I was pleased with purchase
I bought persimmons last spring for my self I did not plant until I felt safe with the weather I live in upstate ny.Anyway I was very happy with them they grew fast.I bought some for my son this year and he was pleased with them.Right now I am waiting for them to break dormancy which I read they are one of the last trees to come back in the spring.So I am very pleased with them.from Rome ny
May 15, 2016
over 6 years ago
My Prok Persimmon is doing beautifully. I watered it deeply once a week all season. It put on two flushes of growth grew very nicely, wintered a Blue Ridge Mountain winter with no problems and broke bud with many plump healthy buds. Amazingly, since breaking bud in April it has grown in height 12 inches (it is now mid-May)! Truly a gorgeous specimen I would recommend to anyone.
May 11, 2017
over 5 years ago
Great producer!
I planted this Prok Persimmon tree in my front yard over 5 years ago and it has been increasing production ever since. Was it a fluke that it produced the following year after planting in November? The fruit is so amazingly delicious. When its back in stock I am going to get another one for my new farm. Patiently waiting.
March 21, 2020
Prok American Persimmon
Trees are doing quite well. Only have had for about a year so no fruit yet. Would recommend buying from stark to anybody!
August 9, 2016
over 6 years ago
Happy Customer
This is my 2nd season with this tree. It actually tried to fruit last season already. I obviously wasnt expecting this and an insect had its way with the fruit. Also this tree came back strong this season and we had a harsh winter with alot of snow. Thank you Stark Bros for a lovely tree
May 25, 2018
over 3 years ago
Persimmon Didn't Grow
I purchased two Prok Persimmon trees last year, one took off growing and has reached 4+ feet and looks very healthy. The second tree never took off growing remained at approximately 15 inches and the main trunk died during the winter. I planted both of them with good soil and a lot of sun light. With the first tree growing very well I may have persimmons in 2-3 years.
May 7, 2017
over 5 years ago
Response from Stark Bro's
Thank you for your feedback. I'm very sorry to hear about your nursery stock. Please contact Customer Support at 800-325-4180 for replacement information.
May 10, 2017
Brenda H Staff
I bought persimmons before and was surprised at how fast they started to grow. I haven't had them long enough to produce fruit but it shouldn't be much longer.
May 10, 2016
over 6 years ago