Persimmon trees can be grown in USDA plant hardiness zones 4 through 9. The American persimmon can tolerate temperatures down to -25 F.
How To Plant Bare-Root Persimmon Trees
# 1 | Our Persimmon trees are shipped bare root & dormant, so the tops may appear dry. But they will come out of dormancy when the spring temperature gets warmer.
# 2 | If you feel unsure that your plant is alive, please do a gentle scratch test. Gently scratch a small amount of bark about one inch up from the base of the plant. If it is white or green under the bark it is alive!
# 3 | As you prepare your planting site, allow the roots of the plant to be kept moist, but do not submerge them in water. To grow your persimmon tree, choose a location in full sun.
#4 | Decide whether you are interested in fruit. Although the American persimmon can self-pollinate, to ensure a strong fruit crop you'll want to plant at least two persimmons on your property (and three is even better). Your persimmon trees should be planted 15-25 feet apart to ensure adequate space for growth, but close enough for pollination.
#5 | Dig a hole deep enough (about 3-inches deeper than the root) so that the brittle taproot is not stressed, and wide enough that the entire root system is not compressed.
#5 | Backfill the hole a few inches at a time. Tamp the soil down with care so you don't damage the roots. Finish backfilling all of the way. Build a small berm, or hill, around the root zone to hold water in and direct it towards the plants.
#6 | Water your persimmon thoroughly. Keep the soil moist the first growing season to help the roots establish.
#7 | Spread a 3-inch layer of wood, pine or bark mulch over the planting bed. Keep the mulch about 6 inches from the base of the plant to avoid introducing any disease or insect problems.