Persimmon (Diospyros Virginiana ‘Meader’)

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# The Beautiful and Fruitful Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana ‘Meader’)

What is a Persimmon?

Persimmons (Diospyros virginiana ‘Meader’) are a species of deciduous tree belonging to the Ebenaceae family. They are known for their beautiful and delicious orange to red fruit. The persimmon tree is native to North America and is commonly found in the eastern United States. The ‘Meader’ variety of the persimmon tree is a popular cultivar known for its sweet and flavorful fruit.

Key Takeaways – Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana ‘Meader’)

Plant Name: Diospyros virginiana ‘Meader’

NLP LSI Keywords:
1. Persimmon tree
2. Meader persimmon
3. Native persimmon
4. Persimmon fruit
5. Diospyros virginiana
6. Persimmon tree care
7. Meader persimmon tree
8. Persimmon tree diseases
9. Persimmon tree watering guidelines
10. Persimmon tree pruning techniques
11. Persimmon tree sunlight needs
12. Persimmon tree landscape



The persimmon tree holds a special place in horticulture due to its attractive foliage, the visual interest it brings to landscapes, and most importantly, its delicious fruit. The fruit, which resembles a tomato in appearance, is sweet and can be consumed fresh or used in cooking and baking. Persimmons are rich in nutrients, particularly vitamin A and C, and are a good source of dietary fiber.


Persimmon trees have moderate water needs. They should be watered regularly, especially during dry spells, to ensure proper fruit development and tree health. Adequate moisture is essential during the spring when the fruit is developing, and during the fall to support the tree’s preparation for winter.


These trees thrive in full sun, needing at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily. Optimal sun exposure leads to better fruit production and overall tree health.


Fertilizing persimmon trees should be approached with caution. Excessive nitrogen can promote vegetative growth at the expense of fruiting. A balanced fertilizer, with low nitrogen levels, should be applied in the early spring and summer. Organic mulch also contributes nutrients to the soil as it breaks down.


Well-draining soil is crucial for persimmon trees. They prefer slightly acidic to neutral soils with a pH between 6.0 and 7.5. Sandy loam or clay loam soils are suitable for persimmon cultivation.


Pruning persimmon trees is essential to maintain their shape, encourage fruit production, and ensure good air circulation. Dormant pruning during late winter is recommended when the tree is leafless.


Persimmon trees can be propagated through seed, grafting, air-layering, or cuttings. Grafting is a common method for propagating the ‘Meader’ variety to maintain the desirable traits of the cultivar.

Container Popularity

While persimmons can thrive in containers, it’s worth noting that their root systems require ample space. Containers should be at least 20 inches in diameter and should have good drainage. Choose a dwarf cultivar for container growth, and repot the tree every 2-3 years.

Common Diseases

Persimmon trees are susceptible to certain diseases, including:

  1. Canker: This fungal disease presents as sunken areas on the bark, eventually causing dieback of affected branches.
  2. Leaf Spot: Characterized by dark spots on the leaves, leaf spot can be caused by various fungal pathogens.
  3. Verticillium Wilt: This soil-borne fungal disease can lead to wilting, leaf scorch, and branch dieback.

Disease Diagnosis

Accurate diagnosis of persimmon tree diseases is crucial for effective management. Visual symptoms, as well as laboratory analysis of plant samples, can aid in the identification of the specific disease affecting the tree.

Common Pests

Persimmon trees may be affected by several pests, including:

  1. Aphids: These tiny insects can cause stunted growth and distortion of leaves.
  2. Scale Insects: Scale insects can infest branches and cause yellowing of leaves and premature leaf drop.
  3. Japanese Beetle: The feeding activity of Japanese beetles can cause defoliation.

Botanist’s Tips

  1. Pruning Technique: When pruning persimmon trees, remove dead, diseased, or crossing branches. Also, ensure that the center of the tree is open to allow air and sunlight to penetrate the canopy.
  2. Fruit Thinning: Thinning the fruit in early summer can improve the size and quality of the remaining fruit, as well as reduce the stress on the branches.
  3. Pollination: Some persimmon varieties are parthenocarpic, meaning they can set fruit without pollination. However, having a pollination partner can enhance fruit production.

Fun Facts

  1. The word “persimmon” comes from the Powhatan language of the Algonquian Native American tribes.
  2. In addition to being a food source, persimmons are also valued for their wood, which is hard, dense, and often used in woodworking.

Links to External Resources

For more information about persimmon trees and their cultivation, refer to the following resources:

  1. National Gardening Association – Persimmon
  2. University of Florida IFAS Extension – Persimmon Growing in the Florida Home Landscape
  3. North Carolina State University Extension – Persimmon Tree Selection and Care in Urban Areas

Overall, persimmon trees, particularly the ‘Meader’ variety, offer both aesthetic and gastronomic benefits, making them a delightful addition to any garden or landscape. With proper care and attention to their specific needs, growing persimmons can be a rewarding endeavor for gardeners and fruit enthusiasts alike.

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