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Cultivars & Hybrids of Diospyros virginiana, the common, or American persimmon

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Are you interested in growing persimmons?  Then you have some choices to make.  A lot depends on your needs.  You can plant seeds.  This would be the cheapest method to get a lot of persimmon trees.  In many states in the USA, you can order bundles of bare root seedlings from your State Forestry Department's nursery.  These bundles are typically contain anywhere from 100 -144 seedlings (depends on how your state sells them) and are usually incredibly inexpensive.  They can even be sent right to your front door! 

If you want to plant with certain characteristics in mind then you're probably looking at getting cultivars of persimmons.  This can run up the cost a bit as you are buying trees which have been grafted and care taken while the grafting has healed.  You are paying for the time and effort it took to produce a healthy grafted cultivar.  In addition, many cultivars have associated legal protections because they are the result of years of someone's hard work.  Legal protections encourage people to continue to experiment with plants to bring forth consistent qualities.  

Propagation rights are often leased to nurseries who have the ability and staff to produce them in numbers.  These mechanisms allow a breeder the ability to get paid for their efforts to bring  plants to market.  In the case of persimmons, the overwhelming majority of crosses never reach the market and are not propagated as cultivars.  Given the fact that a new cross may take a decade or more to truly show all of its qualities and be developed, you can see where the breeder might need a bit of protection.  There are also times when plants are trademarked under a name.  These legal agreements are temporary however.  A patent usually runs 17 years whereas a trademark may be renewed indefinitely.  Where it gets a little odd is when a company uses a different name for the trademark name than that of the cultivar.  For example, if the fictional cultivar Diospyros virginiana 'Dreamy' is trademarked by a company and sold under the trademarked name NightmareŽ runs past the patent (17 years), anyone can propagate the cultivar 'Dreamy', but can not sell it as NightmareŽ.  This is an improper nomenclatural practice created by industry simply for the purpose of continuing sales.  


Cultivars are those hybrid or species varieties which have been bred or selected for certain qualities like fruit size, flavor, fewer seeds, how early or late the plant will produce, fruit skin thickness, aftertaste, faster growth, fall leaf color, etc. etc. ad nauseum.  A cultivar must be able to be propagated reliably, and represent the traits that caused its selection.  In the case of persimmons, they are propagated vegetatively through grafting.  Keep in mind that these cultivars may sometimes perform differently in different growing zones or microhabitats and under different conditions.  

If you want to plant a few trees, or even an orchard, one thing you can also do is to either plant seeds or buy seedlings and plant them.  Then come back once the seedlings have established themselves and graft them on your own.  That allows a certain amount of harvest extension, selection for taste qualities you prefer, and allows greater flexibility for establishing your trees.  However, there is certainly more of a time investment involved and you may lose some trees due to grafting problems.  If you're getting them cheaply, you might be able to afford some losses in order to get what you want overall.

Below is the catalog of known cultivars and hybrids of Diospyros virginiana (the common, or American persimmon).  It is a work in progress and several cultivars are yet to be listed.  Those which are listed may take some time in order to have full descriptions and pictures but rest assured they are coming.  If you see any glaring omissions, or want to add a comment to a cultivar, please contact me at your leisure.

Note: many cultivar pages below are not yet written.  I'll get them uploaded as time allows.  Keep checking back for your favorite.  And if you have experiences and notes to add on any of these cultivars, please hit the contact me link aove.

'Abe Lincoln'

'Albert

'American Honey' (also known as 'Josephine', & 'Honey')

'B. S. Bank'

'Baugh'

'Beaird'

'Beavers'

'Blagg'

'Blue'

'Bolten'

'Boone' (also known as 'Daniel Boone)

'Brown'

'Buhrman'

'Burrier'

'California'

'Campbell NC-10'

Celebrity U20A

'Cemetary' (also known as 'Warren')

'Claypool A-118' (also known as 'Elmo')

'Claypool C-100'

'Claypool D-128' (also known as 'Dollywood')

'Claypool F-109'

'Claypool F-110'

'Claypool F-25'

'Claypool H-118'

'Claypool H-128'

'Claypool I-94'

'Coffing'

'Colby'

'Coles'

'Country Club'

'Craggs' (also known as'Creegs')

'Crain'

'Creegs' (also known as'Craggs')

'Curry'

'Daniel Boone'

'Delight'

'Delman' (also known as 'Delmas')

'Delmas' (also known as 'Delman')

'Dick'

'Directna'

'Dollywood' (also known as 'Claypool D-128')

'Dooley'

'Dr. Spencer' (also known as 'Spencer')

'Early Bearing'

'Early Golden'

'Edris' (also known as 'Edrus')

'Edrus' (also known as 'Edris')

'Elmo' (also known as 'Claypool A-118' )

'Ennis' (also known as 'Ennis Seedless')

'Ennis Seedless' (also known as 'Ennis')

'Ernie'

'Evelyn'

'Fannin'

'Fehrmann'

'Festimoon' (also known as 'Moon')

'Florence'

'Ford'

'G1M'

'G2M'

'Gardner'

'Garretson'

'Gehron'

'Geneva Red'

'George'

'Glenwood'

'Glidewell (also known as Glidwell)'

'Glidwell' (also known as 'Glidewell')

'Golden Gem'

'Golden Supreme'

'Grayville'

'Greek'

'Griffith'

'Griffith II'

H63A Claypool

'Hamilton'

'Harris'

'Hicks'

'Honey' (also known as 'Josephine, & 'American Honey')

'Ida'

'Illini'

J-59 Claypool

'Janet'

'John Rick'

'John Talbott'

'Josephine'

'Juhl' (also known as 'Yates')

'Juicyfruit'

'Kansas'

'Kawakami'

'Kemper'

'Killen'

'King'

'Kitch'

'Knowles' (also known as 'Owen', & 'Owen's Seedless')

'Korp' (is 'Prok' spelled backwards)

'Krutch'

'Lady Maryland'

'Lambert'

'Leeper'

'Lehman 100-42'

'Lehman U-20A'

'Lena' (also known as 'Mitchellena', 'Mitche', & 'Mitchell')

'Link'

'Little'n Ruby' (also known as 'Little's Ruby', & 'Ruby')

'Little's Ruby' (also known as 'Little'n Ruby', & 'Ruby')

'Liz'

'Luther'

'Machovina'

'Marion' (also known as 'Marion Market')

'McMunn' (also known as 'McNinn')

'McNinn' (also known as 'McMunn')

'Meader' (also known as 'New Hampshire')

'Mike'

'Mildred Belle'

'Miles'

'Miller'

'Mitche' (also known as 'Lena', 'Mitchell' & 'Mitchellena')

'Mitchell' (also known as 'Lena', 'Mitche', & 'Mitchellena')

'Mitchellena' (also known as 'Lena', 'Mitche', & 'Mitchell')

'Mood Indigo'

'Moon' (also known as 'Festimoon')

'Morris Burton'

'Munich'

'NC-10'

'NC-21 Supersweet'

'Nebraska'

'Newbold'

'Olidwell'

'Oliver'

'Ooldek'

'Owen' (also known as 'Owen's Seedless', & 'Knowles')

'Owen's Seedless' (also known as 'Owen', & 'Knowles')

'Penland' (also known as 'Pennland Seedless')

'Pennland Seedless' (also known as 'Penland')

'Pieper'

'Pipher'

'Pogo'

'Prok'

'Rice'

'Ruby' (also known as 'Little's Ruby' or 'Little'n Ruby')

'Runkwitz'

'SAA Pieper'

'Shoto'

'Siebrare'

'Silkyfine'

'Smeech'

'South Fork'

'Spencer' (also known as 'Dr. Spencer')

'Stout'

'Sweet Lent'

'Szukis'

'Table Grove'

'Texas'

'Wabash'

'Warren' (also known as 'Cemetary')

'Waterloo'

'Weber'

'William'

'Woodward'

'Woody'

'Woolbright'

'Yates' (also known as 'Juhl')

Hybrid:'Nikita's Gift' (D. virginiana X D. kaki)

Hybrid:'Rosseyanka' (D. virginiana X D. kaki)

Hybrid:'Russian Beauty' (D. virginiana X D. kaki)