American Persimmon

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The native American persimmon is the small native cousin of the Japanese Persimmon. It has very few pests, and grows over much of the country. The wood is very dense, and is considered by some to be a native exotic. The fruit is prized by other birds and wildlife, and is astringent until ripe. When fully ripe, it is edible by humans. Great for wildlife plantings or restoration plantings. It is also a nice landscape tree, with the small persimmon clinging to the tree after all the leaves have fallen. Drought and frost tolerant. The American persimmon can thrive even in low lying areas which have standing water for several days after heavy rains, in black land prairie. 100-200 chill hours. Zones 5-10.

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