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Deer Candy Persimmon Tree Collection



Introducing Chestnut Hill Outdoors 'DEER CANDY' Persimmon Collection

Diospyros virginiana


Persimmons are Deer Candy. If you have any persimmon trees where you hunt, you know that the deer seek out these small, delicious fruit. The scientific name for persimmons is Diospyros , or "fruit of the gods". For humans, the American Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) has alum in the skin, which disappears when the fruit ripens, usually after the first frost. If you have eaten a persimmon before it was ripe, you know it will suck the wax back out of your ears. After they ripen, they have a rich, sweet, almost nutty flavor. Luckily, this does not bother deer or game, which will eat persimmons right off the tree, or when they have fallen on the ground.
Persimmons bear profusely in the fall and are an essential addition, along with our Dunstan chestnut trees, to your food plot. The earlier varieties that start to bear in late August early September will lure deer to your site. When planted along with later bearing varieties your plot will produce a steady stream of fruit and nuts that will keep deer coming back all fall.


The new 'Deer Candy' collection features several of our favorite American Persimmon varieties that have been specially selected for their abundant fruit production that is irresistible to deer and other wildlife. 'Deer Candy' Persimmons are all grafted female trees, which means they will come into bearing fruit in 2-3 years. We have selected grafted American Persimmon varieties that are cold hardy and can be grown in plant Zones 5-9.

The Deer Candy Early Drop Persimmons bear fruit from late August through October. The trees are vigorous and grow very rapidly The fruit is 1.25-1.5" in diameter, and drops over several months in late summer and early fall. Plant them with Deer Magnet for good pollination and best production.

The Deer Magnet Late Drop Persimmon drops its fruit slowly from October and November, during prime hunting season. It is very cold hardy, has a 1.25-1.5" fruit, bears heavily and grows in Zone 5, as far north as southern Michigan, IL, and PA. Plant Deer Magnet with Deer Candy trees for good pollination and best production.

Deer also like Oriental Persimmons (Diospyros kaki) as much as the native persimmons. These trees bear crops of large fruit, and some varieties are non-astringent, so they will never pucker your mouth. Though traditionally grown from Zone 7-9, we have some varieties of Oriental Persimmons that will grow as far north as Plant Zone 6.


Persimmons are easy to grow, and will bear in just a few years. The less expensive seedling (non-grafted) American persimmon trees are either male or female (and you can't tell by looking at them), and so you should plant several together (3-10) to make sure that you will get at least a few females that will bear fruit.


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Deer Magnet - Late Drop-Grafted American Persimmon  persimmon, deer candy, deer magnet, grafted persimmon
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Item #: Deer Magnet Grafted American Persimmon-clone1 - Grafted female American Persimmon. Late drop in Oct-Nov. Will fruit within 2-3 years. The Deer Magnet Grafted American Persimmon! Deer will find these trees and bucks will guard them to protect this special food supply. They love the sweet nutty flavor. The Deer Magnet Persimmon...
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Early Drop - Grafted American Persimmon
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Item #: Early Drop - Grafted American Persimmon - Grafted female American Persimmon. Early drop in Sep-Oct. Will fruit within 2-3 years. The Deer Candy tree! Deer seek out persimmons and will come to these trees for miles around. Every hunter knows that deer love persimmons!Deer Candy Persimmons are grafted female American Persimmons...
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American Persimmon Seedling American Persimmon
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Item #: American Persimmon Seedling - A wild native persimmon with a rich, nutty, amaretto flavor that attracts deer and wildlife.
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Sheng Persimmon
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Item #: Sheng Persimmon-clone - Sheng is a flat, quadranted astringent dwarf persimmon with excellent firm flesh and a very rich nutty sweet flavor different than many kaki varieties. unique shape fruit. Superb cultivar, very cold...
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Great Wall Persimmon
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Item #: Great Wall Persimmon - Persimmon discovered on the Great Wall, very cold hardy with astringent, medium-sized fruit. Great Wall was discovered by Plant Geographer J. Russell Smith on the Great Wall in China in the 1930s. We have trees from that original tree that have been growing on our farm since Dr. Dunstan...
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Saijo Persimmon
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Item #: Saijo Persimmon - The name 'Saijo' translates to "the very best one." The name 'Saijo' translates to "the very best one". It is astringent, medium-sized (3" long) and egg-shaped, with incredible rich flavor. Very cold hardy, ripens in Mid-Sept to Mid-October. When you...
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