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Meader Common Persimmon Diospyros virginiana 'Meader'

Description

Meander is a variety of the native persimmon tree that was bred by the late Elwin Meader of the University of New Hampshire to be self-pollinating. If the flowers are not pollinated it will produce seedless fruit. The foliage is attractive all year with good red and yellow fall color.

The fruits are apricot-sized and deep orange with a sweet flavor. As with all persimmons, the fruits ripen after a frost.  Persimmons are quite adaptable and will grow in poor, dry soils, but prefer moist well-drained average soil.

 

 

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Diospyros
    Species:
    virginiana
    Family:
    Ebenaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Distribution:
    Central and Eastern US
    Edibility:
    Fruits can be dried, eaten off the tree and used to make jelly, jam, pie and ice cream.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 25 ft. 0 in. - 30 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 15 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Native Plant
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Oval
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Orange
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Length:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Width:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    Medium to large-sized, showy deep orange fruit in the fall, usually will hang on the tree through into winter. Early ripening.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Description:
    The tree is dioecious which male and female flower blooms on different trees from May to June. The flower is cream in color and not showy.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Dark green leaves in summer and great red and yellow foliage in fall.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Black
    Dark Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Ridges
    Bark Description:
    Dark gray to black blocky bark
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden
    Design Feature:
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Pollution
    Poor Soil