Yates American Persimmon

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A sweet native of Indiana. This fast-growing variety is pest- and disease-resistant. When fruit is soft and completely mature, it features a sweet, apricot-like flavor. Cold-hardy and heat-tolerant. Tree reaches 35-50' tall. Ripens in early September. 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 Early September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet Apricot-like Taste
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 3 - 4
Zone Range 4 - 10

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 10
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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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Hardy in my time zone. Dis thingz r yummy.
Roman F on Aug 27, 2020
The description is stated to be hearty in my zone in Mid-Hudson Valley, NY.
Jackie T on Jul 28, 2020
Hardy in my time zone. Dis thingz r yummy.
Roman F on Aug 27, 2020
wildlife food
Scott F on Aug 7, 2020
The description is stated to be hearty in my zone in Mid-Hudson Valley, NY.
Jackie T on Jul 28, 2020
Self pollinating. Native. Love persimmons
Valerie L on Jun 21, 2020
Love persimmon so I will give it a try.
Joshoua T on May 15, 2020
Because my aunt had one and they are beautiful especially in the fall with their orange fruits. However, I've only ever tasted oriental Asian persimmons grown in my yard so I'm not sure if I'll like these. The oriental persimmons I'll say when they are fully ripe I don't like to eat like you'd eat an apple but they are so sweet as I to be I think a suitable sugar replacement. At least that'll be my main attempt to use them fully.
John Andrew G on Apr 27, 2020
I don't have any persimmon trees in the woods around my property, even though persimmons grow here locally. I've tried planting persimmon seeds but haven't had any success. I figure if I am going to get persimmons then I need to just go ahead and plant a tree! I also want to try making persimmon jam. My bees will probably be happy too.
Karen E on Jan 8, 2020
Native to my state.
Cindy J on Dec 12, 2019
I like to use for wildlife
Lonnie E on Apr 20, 2019
I am trying whether this will grow in New England climate.
Robin C on Apr 15, 2019
Unique fruit tree that should be a great producer for deer
Tim L on Mar 10, 2019
seems to do good in the north
Mary S on Mar 1, 2019
Great quality
mark M on Nov 1, 2018
tired of chasing down wild grown persimmon trees. want a handy tree in my back yard.
Tauna P on Oct 9, 2018
one of the first ripening persimmons I have, especially for an American persimmon. bountiful yield.
Linwood W on Sep 4, 2018
The native American varieties, though astringent, are very flavorful.
LUCY H on Oct 13, 2017
Needed a Grandma tree...she used to have a gaint one in her front yard
Elizabeth O on Oct 12, 2017
It seems to be the closest to the native American persimmon.
Elaine G on Sep 5, 2017
Chose for my zone, always wanted to try a persimmon. I love making jams and jelly, this will make a great new addition.
ROBYN T on Mar 5, 2017
Wanted to plant this native fruit.
John R on Mar 4, 2017
I wanted a fruit tree with fewer pests and fussing than other standard fruiting trees involve. I also like the flavor of ripe persimmons and am looking forward to enjoying them fresh and in jams. It's also a self-pollinator, which is ideal since I have limited space and am working on having as much diversity as I can in my home garden."
Nikki W on Feb 28, 2017
hardy in my locale
harlan b on Feb 28, 2017
Same as above
Rose B on Feb 27, 2017
I have never tried to grow persimmons I have read they were a favorite on the American family farms a century ago. The catalog claims this variety tastes like apricots.
CHRIS D on Jan 12, 2017
It is fast growing and has good size and native to America.
DAVID H on Nov 3, 2016
My husband is from Indiana. We have missed having persimmon pudding at our house for special occasions. Can't wait till it starts producing!
Michael M on Oct 28, 2016
apricot flavor but good up to zone 4. Perfect! Pretty big tree, but we have plenty of space, thankfully, so that wasn't a factor for us.
C and C J on Apr 11, 2016
It's the one my wife wanted.
David w on Apr 8, 2016
To replace a Meader
Herbert G on Apr 3, 2016
I enjoy trying different trees for this area.
Thomas J on Mar 13, 2016
It's one of my favorite fruits and it would be wonderful if I could grow my own.
GABRIELA L on Mar 12, 2016
My cousin has had great success with this variety here in Kansas
DOUG K on Mar 8, 2016
Looking for the hardiest persimmon for my zone, and this appears to be one of the few. Love this fruit!
ROBERT R on Mar 4, 2016
Husband's father from Indiana favorite
Kathie k on Mar 1, 2016
I want to establish native trees on my farm
TIMOTHY S on Feb 27, 2016
Grew up with Persimmon trees in California. Was looking for a hardy Zone 5 option. This Yates varietal fit the bill perfectly!!
Barbara I on Feb 25, 2016
wildlife food
Scott F on Aug 7, 2020
Self pollinating. Native. Love persimmons
Valerie L on Jun 21, 2020
I planted 2 Yate Persimmons 2 years ago. They seem to grow alot slower than the other fruit trees. Most of my other fruit trees are 6-8 ft. tall already. What should be the expected size, they're currently 3 to 3 1/2 ft?
Jon L on Apr 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We'd recommend you do a soil acidity test. Persimmons like their pH between 5.8 and 6.5. If the soil is too "sweet" or alkaline, the trees will usually show stunted growth. You might just need a little soil acidifier, that's all. If your reading is too low, you'll need to adjust the pH with some lime.
has anyone tried making pudding from persimmons ?
John F on Jun 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is like bread pudding. We love it. PERSIMMON PUDDING

Modified by Dr Rob Milligan (Cleveland, GA) from an old North Carolina recipe provide by my aunt, Jean Leach Hazzard from Trinity, NC

2 ??? Cups Persimmon Pulp (seedless, we use a food mill to separate)
2 ??? cups sugar
2 ??? cup flour (Aunt Jeans recipe called for 1 cup flour, it seemed too runny)
1 - cup milk
?? -cup butter milk
?? -tsp soda
?? -tsp baking powder
1 - tsp vanilla
?? -stick butter (once I left the butter out without any problem)
4 -eggs beaten
1 -tsp salt
1 -tsp cinnamon
1 -tsp nutmeg
?? -tsp cloves
?? -tsp Anise Extract (Rob???s addition)

Mix all dry ingredients together, add eggs, milk, vanilla, butter
Stir in persimmon pulp. Wild persimmons are the BEST! You may use ripened oriental persimmons but they are not as good.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes

Makes one large pudding or two smaller ones. Consistency of a ???bread pudding???.

Robin: This recipe came from my Grandmother Caudle. She is of German-Dutch decent. She was Fannie Luvina Hartman, born in 1874, her mother was Charlotte Goodman
Does the Yates American persimmon have similar taste and characteristics as the Fuju persimmon?
Pam S on Jul 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, Yates tastes nothing like any Asian persimmon. American persimmons are much more flavorful than Asian persimmons. American persimmons are astringent, which means you have to wait until they are soft to eat them. Fuyu are non-astringent, but bland. American persimmons are much more cold tolerant, too.
Can you prune the yates American persimmon to keep it short to make it easy to pick the fruit?
joe n on Jan 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you certainly can. It requires a little diligence, but it's absolutely possible.
Does this persimmon fall from tree when ripe? My Asian persimmons do not fall from tree. We have to get on ladder and cut each persimmon stem.
B E on Jan 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes,, they will fall from the tree when ripe. You can also pull them off very gently. If you have to tug hard, it's not ripe.
Does Yates American Persimmon is seedless or seeded?
XZhang on Mar 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It is seedless.
I've read that some Persimmons have thorns...7" ones. This would be a deal breaker for me. Has anyone who has planted these noticed thorns of any kind?
Barbara S on Aug 4, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I have planted a couple of Persimmon trees at my place. I have not had any with thorns. Locust trees on the other hand a totally different story. Ouch......
How long before first harvest of persimmon ?
Bernard B on Oct 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I had persimmon the same year planted. Surprised there was fruit the first
year. About twenty at the most, but the deer found them right away. I did
purchase the most advance growth tree available at the time. I'm sure that helped.
What is loamy soil?
Neil W on Mar 3, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Loamy soil tends to have lots of organic matter in it and tends to hold water well. Sany soil on the other hand tends to drain quickly and become dry quickly
My persimmons have grown well in 2 years and I am hoping to see a fruit or two this year. Plant where deer can't get them, if you live in an area of deer.

Good luck!!
will you get fruit off one yates persimmon tree?
Mary S on Jul 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they are self pollinating.
How long before my Yates persimmon tree starts to produce fruit, I've planted it 3 yrs ago and its grown but no flowers and fruit?
Maria R on Jun 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. You can find the years-to-bear information in the Characteristics section, near the top of the page, underneath the description. This tree takes 3-5 years to bear.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How old are the trees when you ship them and about how tall?? Thanks
Todd R on Apr 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: When shipped, regular trees are about 3-4' tall and/or with a 3/8" or larger trunk diameter. A Stark?? Supreme Tree is one of the season's top-grade, bare-root trees that gives you a head start on growing. When Supreme trees are shipped, they are about 4-5' tall and/or with a 5/8" or larger trunk diameter. All of our fruit trees are 2 years of age as shipping.
This is the only persimmon tree listed on your website for my grow zone. So if I wanted to enhance production is there something I could pollinate with that will grow in my zone? My grow zone is 5A , west central Michigan, 49338
Neil R on Jan 23, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. The Yates American persimmon is self-pollinating so if you wanted to potentially increase your harvest, plant two or more of them.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Why is this not shipped until June when I am in zone 6?
Larry on Jan 16, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Currently, our growers need to give these more time to grow in our controlled environment.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Helena l on Feb 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Maekawa is naturally dwarf. Here's a link to that page:://www.starkbros.com/products/fruit-trees/persimmon-trees/maekawa-jiro-asian-persimmon
how do I know if I'm getting a male or female persimmon tree?
Pamela W on Jan 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We also open up questions to other customers who have purchased the same tree. This is a self-pollinating grafted tree, which means it has both male and female flowers on it.
Can the Yates persimmon grow in wet soil?
Doubletwin on Dec 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Persimmons prefer a loamy soil with good drainage - you can always amend clay soil by mixing the backfill with coir fiber (//www.starkbros.com/products/tools-and-supplies/soil-additives/coco-fiber-planting-medium) and planting on a slight incline.
how big the fruit side 1 inch or 2 ? Yates American Persimmon
Long T on Sep 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: On average, Yates fruit is 2.5" in diameter.
Which tree produces more pulp per persimmon?
Terry M on Oct 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There is several variables to fruit pulp just like there is on fruit size. If you want more pulp you have to thin the fruit after fruit set. Will produce larger fruit. From my consideration as a person who preserves my harvest i look at the total harvest and not the size. The american persimmons will produce a bountiful crop that can overwhelm so I wouldn't worry about the amount of pulp per fruit as the crop will be large enough for most purposes.
How long do the trees live?
James W on Jun 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: With proper care, these trees can live up to 75 years.
How many hours of full sun does it need?
granny on Jun 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Six to eight hours is best, but persimmons can tolerate as little as five hours a day.
Is the fruit of Yates American Persimon astringent?
Jen C on Jan 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question! All unripe American persimmons are astringent, so these should be eaten when fully ripe and soft.
What is the fruit size?
Sherry W on Dec 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question! For a native persimmon, the fruits are large, about 2 1/2" in diameter depending up on the sunlight, water, fertilizer and weather conditions.
Cesar D on Mar 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This tree is grafted. If you want more information about grafted trees please read our article, The Science of Grafted Fruit Trees: https://www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/science-of-grafting

Customer Reviews

4.3 / 5.0
35 Reviews
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Five Years and Going Strong
Purchase a Stark Yates Persimmon five years ago and it has done astoundingly well. Began fruiting in small quantities the second year, and by last year was quite prolific. The tree is at least 15 feet in height, perhaps closer to 20. Very healthy. As you might suspect, I am very pleased
September 1, 2016
Yates is Yummy
Last year I had my first taste of Yates Persimmons from my tree and I liked them better than the other varieties. This year my tree is loaded. I like that it is a no spray easy care tree, too.
August 4, 2016
over 6 years ago
Persimmons for whitetail
Tried other sources for American Persimmons and they didn't survive the winter. Stark Bros was the answer. I have purchased other fruit trees and had great success with them. The Persimmons trees survived the winter and are growing great this spring. Would recommend them to everybody.
May 17, 2016
over 6 years ago
first year review only
the container tree established well when planted before leafout and more than tripled in size and added side branches in it's first year
March 25, 2016
Still enjoying my Stark Bro's Yates Persimmon after more than a decade.
I don't remember exactly when I planted it, but it was around 2004 or 2005. Here in Alabama winters can get warm enough to "soften" trees then cold enough to damage them, so I gave it winter protection in cold weather the first winter or two. It is now about 18 feet tall with more persimmons each year than I can eat fresh. Because of astringency, I let them fall from the tree and then continue to ripen for a day or two indoors. I eat all I can then freeze the rest. I just drop them whole (no washing, processing or anything) into an airtight container and put them in the freezer. All winter I can pop a few out, rinse a few seconds under running water until the skin melts enough to slip off, and then enjoy the "persimmon sherbet" frozen or lightly thawed for a few seconds in the microwave.

Young persimmons can be picky about growing, but once established are very tough. In my experience, if a Stark Bro's tree won't grow, you can't grow that variety of tree. The only serious pest I have had is tent caterpillars, which seem to prefer persimmon trees above all else. They won't kill a tree but are ugly and can reduce the crop. I just pull their webs out, the low ones with my hands, the high ones with a long bamboo cane.
October 30, 2018
Response from Stark Bro's
Thank you so much for your 5 star review. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with this tree. We count ourselves lucky for customer like you. We look forward to being your partner at growing your own legacy.
October 30, 2018
Tabitha R
Very pleased
Its been 1 year since I planted 15 trees 10 being yates, and 5 prok all in the same orchard. I planted these trees in zone 6 fall of 2016 all of which were rooted and two year olds. All have done very well and 3 even produced a few fruit this year as 3 yr olds. They have been weather tolerant and so far have been pretty low maintenance. I still water as needed of course, and make adjustments after my soil tests as well.
My review dosent include shipping or packaging as I ordered and picked these trees up at the nursery. They were well looked after and very healthy when I picked them up. Which I would think made for a good transplant.

I would recommend these trees and using Stark Bros.

John P.
September 30, 2017
Last year they grew great. Early spring they really didn't look that good. It was a mild winter here near Tomah Wisconsin and a wet spring. It has dried out a little recently. I was just there today and it looks like both plants are dead. They had plenty of water and I actually put some light fertilizer on as well. I'm very disappointed in the product.
May 21, 2016
over 6 years ago
My Yates Persimmon has performed beautifully. I deep watered once a week all season last year. It put on two flushes of vigorous growth. The second flush of growth produced leaves larger than my hand. It wintered a Blue Ridge Mountain winter wonderfully, and broke bud in late April, having produced many plump healthy buds. Since breaking bud about three weeks ago (it is now mid-May), it has grown about six inches, and is producing many new branches. It is time to begin pruning to shape the tree. My Yates Persimmon is a gorgeous specimen. I would recommend these trees to anyone.
May 11, 2017
over 5 years ago
This is the third tree that I have gotten. The first is now 10 feet and is beautiful. This is why I got 2 more and they are growing very well with lot's of new growth. The trees all survived 21 days of below zero Temps two years ago here in southern tier of New York state. I couldn't be more happy !
May 19, 2017
over 5 years ago
So far very pleased hope they do good.The delivery on my order was good and fast they are starting to growing but won't plant until I feel safe with the weather.
May 15, 2016
over 6 years ago