By Teo Spengler The American persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) is an attractive native tree that requires very little maintenance when planted in appropriate sites. It’s not grown commercially as much as the Asian persimmon, but this native tree produces fruit with a richer taste. If you enjoy persimmon fruit, you may want to consider growing American persimmons. Read on for American persimmon tree facts and tips to get you started. American Persimmon Tree Facts American persimmon trees, also called common persimmon trees, are easy to grow, moderate sized trees that reach about 20 feet tall in the wild. They can be grown in many regions and are hardy to U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zone 5. One of the uses for American persimmons is as ornamental trees, given their colorful fruit and intensely green, leathery leaves that purple in the fall. However, most American persimmon cultivation is for the fruit.