Are native persimmon trees self-pollinating?

Asked June 15, 2015, 10:48 AM EDT

Are native persimmon trees (Diospyros virginiana) self-pollinating? The nurseryman from whom I recently bought the tree was unsure. Some websites say that they are, while others say a male and a female are required for fruit production (the label didn't indicate a sex).

Also, the tree is 4 ft tall in a 3 gal. container. The lowest branches are almost at ground level. Should I do any pruning now or prune in winter? When pruning, should these low branches be removed?

Highland County Virginia

1 Response

Female flowers of creamy yellow that spring from the axils of the leaves individually.

Male flowers are pink and are grouped into groups of 3.

Pollinated trees produce fruit containing up to 8 seeds.

The seedless fruits of flowering trees are only female.

Reproduction by seed or by grafting on rootstock.

Pruning is not usually needed, except to limit tree size, and to correct faults such as dead or broken limbs. Suggest pruning in late winter while tree is still dormant.

Suggest Purdue Extension Publication: for more information on Persimmons.