Propagating Native Plants: Texas Persimmon

texas persimmon 2Texas persimmon is notorious for being a slow growing shrub. I am probably going to have to speak to a mental health professional for even trying this. Mine should reach 3 feet tall within 5 years.

Worth the wait I think. Though most places suggest it is a sun lover I have seen this plant thriving as an understory shrub. Everything about it is perfect. Not only is it drought tolerant but it forms a nice shape, has fragrant flowers and produces a delicious fruit. Even the bark is pretty.

When to sow: Late summer or fall. Dry years will not produce viable seed.

Special treatment: I removed the seeds from some fruit and soaked them in water overnight because I read that the fruit may contain an inhibitor.

Fresh or dried seed: Fresh

Planting depth: 1/4-1/2 inch deep in moist potting soil.

Preferred temperature for germination: Mine germinated in very warm conditions: >75 degrees F. Close to 100% germination.

Days to germination: About 30.

Vegetative propagation: Root cuttings are possible.

* The Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service gives very different advice which might be of use to those living in a cooler climate.

Seed must be kept for 60-90 days at 50°F under moist conditions to obtain good germination, or seed may be planted in the fall and permitted to stratify naturally in the ground over winter.

10 thoughts on “Propagating Native Plants: Texas Persimmon

  1. I never ate one either, but it would be fun to have one growing, although mine would be indoors. I did grow a lemon tree once inside in a contemporary house with a two story atrium with all window surround. It was nice to get a few lemons.


    1. =) That’s funny you would mention that. I also have a little lemon tree that I started last year. Well, the compost bin did most of the work. I just put it in a pot. I have no idea what I will do with it eventually.


    1. Thanks! I knew what I was looking for otherwise I am certain I would have missed them. The ripe fruit is black and kind of hides in the shadows.


    1. They sure are beautiful. Ever since I discovered them this spring I’ve been obsessed with the idea of making a kind of hedge row with them.


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