Cricket Hill Garden
Diospyros, 'Prok' American persimmon
Diospyros virginiana 'Prok'
Variety description: A seedling from the Cornell University breeding program grown out by John Gordon of Amherst NY. This early ripening cultivar is recommended for growers on the northern edge of the persimmon growing region. Fruit measures 2.5 to 3", large for an American persimmon. Self-fertile female tree will produce seedless fruit without a male pollinator. 'Prok' is rated as one of the best tasting American persimmons.
Site requirements: Persimmons grow best in a full sun location with fertile, well-drained soil. They are quite adaptable and will grow in poor, dry soils, though such sites are far from ideal.
Size at maturity: With pruning, trees can be maintained at 15-20'.
Pests and diseases: None of concern in the Northeast.
Hardiness: Will grow in USDA zones 5-9.
Plant size: Grafted tree, about 12-18' tall with a well developed root system. Grown in a 4" x 9" tree pot. Will likely produce fruit in 2-4 years if given good care.