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Cultivation of Diospyros virginiana
(common, or American persimmon)
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"The orchards were loaded with fruit, and the forest trees showered nuts upon the ground. In every field were groups of persimmon trees, their branches bending under a burden of luscious fruit, which the frost had coated with sheeny purple outside, and made sweeter than fine wine within. Over all bent softly brilliant skies, and the bland, bracing air was charged with the electricity of life and happiness." - John McElroy, The Red Acorn: A Romance of the War, 1883.

"I have often thought that if heaven had given me choice of my position and calling, it should have been on a rich spot of earth, well watered, and near a good market for the productions of the garden.  No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.  Such a variety of subjects, some one always coming to perfection, the failure of one thing repaired by the success of another, and instead of one harvest a continued one through the year." --- Thomas Jefferson (August 20, 1811, to Charles W. Peale)

Cultivars - A catalog of known cultivars with notes, qualities, and comments by growers.

Harvest - harvest timing, things to consider, and "competition".  

Where to Grow Persimmons - Diospyros virginiana (common persimmon) can be grown in Hardiness Zones 5-9. 

2002 Persimmon conference - Growers, fanciers, and wildcrafters gathered at this event titled, "Commercializing the American Persimmon" in Terre Haute, Indiana in the Fall of 2002.  A good time was had by all.  You can still catch it through the recordings!

McElroy, John.  1883.  The Red Acorn: A Romance of the War.  Henry A. Sumner & Co., Chicago.  pp. 322.