Brambleberry Farm
Brambleberry Permaculture Farm LLC

Pawpaw (Asimina triloba)  

The largest native North American edible fruit!  This northernmost member of the tropical custard apple family (cherimoya, guayabana) has great potential for landscape and orchard use in the Midwest.   Very shade tolerant, where it still will produce, but it gets positively loaded like a peach tree if grown in full sun.   Custard-like fruits have the texture of an avocado with flavors ranging from caramel, banana to mango.   Pawpaw fruits contain a strong anti-tumor compound.   Extract made from the bark is a strong, broad-spectrum insecticide (thus it has no real pests, except the zebra swallowtail butterfly larvae feed on this plant).  Need two for pollination; plant 8-15’ apart.   Height to 25’.   

Seedling Pawpaws: Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax

Improved variety (grafted trees):  gallon* pots $16 +tax

'Sunflower,' 'Mango,' NEW! 'NC-1,' 'PA Golden #1,' 'King's Gold #2,' 'Overleese,' 'Rebecca's Gold,' 'Lynn's Favorite,' and 'Jack Irvine #1'

Persimmons (Diospyros virginiana, Diospyrus kaki, and Diospyros virginiana x Diospyrus kaki)
Here in Southern Indiana we are in prime persimmon country.  Wild American persimmons literally grow like weeds in our fields.  Persimmons have no significant pest or disease problems, making them an excellent low maintenance choice.  So if they grow wild here why do you need to purchase a persimmon tree from a nursery?  There are several benefits: the most significant reason is that American persimmons are diœcious - trees are either male or female, and the males don't fruit.  So if you plant a seedling you have a good chance of ending up with a non-fruiting tree.  We do sell seedlings for the adventurous among you, but most of our trees are grafted: a branch from an improved variety of female persimmon is grafted onto a vigorous seedling rootstock.  Most American persimmons need a male for pollination, although some cultivars are self-fertile or partially self-fertile (producing some fruit without pollination, but will produce more with a male).  If you live in the country here in Southern Indiana/Northern KY chances are you have a male persimmon tree somewhere nearby.  They don't need to be very close for pollination.  Asian persimmons and their crosses are usually self-fertile.  

'Rosseyanka' (Diospyros virginiana x Diospyrus kaki): Nearly seedless 2-3" large fruits.  This American/Asian hybrid (non-GMO) takes after the American persimmons in leaf and form, reaching up to 25' tall, but tastes like a good mix of the two types.  Soft and wrinkly when ripe, like the American persimmon.  Self-fertile. Zones 5-8  gallon* pots $16 +tax

'Nikitskaya Bordovaya' (Diospyros virginiana x Diospyrus kaki): This American/Asian 2nd generation hybrid (non-GMO) is reportedly a back-cross between 'Rosseyanka' above and the Kaki Asian persimmons.  It boasts 2 1/2" sweet, flavorful fruits that are soft when ripe.  It gets its size and taste from its Asian persimmon parents, but it is as cold hardy as an American persimmon.  Suitable for edible landscaping with it's glossy leaves and attractive fall color.  Reaches just 12' tall.  Commonly sold under a trademarked name which you can probably guess.  Self-fertile. Zones 5-8  gallon* pots $16 +tax

'Ichi Ki Kei Jiro' Asian Persimmon (Diospyrus kaki): One of the hardiest Asian persimmons.  Large fruits are firm and crunchy when ripe, and seedless.  Early ripening.  Great edible landscaping choice - care-free dwarf trees have glossy green leaves, good fall color, and the fruit will hang on the branches after leaf fall for a stunning specimen tree.  Reaches just 8' tall, spreading up to 10' wide.  Self fertile.  Zones 6-10  very limited supply gallon* pots $16 +tax

'Prok' American persimmon (Diospyros virginiana): One of the largest American persimmons with 2 1/2 to 3" fruits, and rated best tasting by many fruit enthusiasts.  Early ripening.  If it is planted without a pollinator the fruits are nearly seedless, but in this area of the country, unless you live in the city you likely have male persimmons close enough to pollinate. 35-60' tall. Zones 5-9  gallon* pots $16 +tax

'Geneva Long': Sources disagree whether this is a pure American Persimmon or possibly an American/Asian cross, but its form is completely American.  It bears large, less-astringent fruit that has a unique elongated shape - about the size and shape of an egg.  Good texture, more firm when ripe than wild persimmons. 35-60' tall. Zones 3-9  gallon* pots $16 +tax

'Early Golden' American persimmon (Diospyros virginiana): 1 1/2" large fruits with good flavor.  35-60' tall. Zones 4-9  gallon* pots $16 +tax

'Valeene Beauty' American persimmon (Diospyros virginiana): Description.  35-60' tall. Zones 4-9  gallon* pots $16 +tax

'Valeene Queen' American persimmon (Diospyros virginiana): Description.  35-60' tall. Zones 4-9  gallon* pots $16 +tax

'DEC Goliath' American persimmon (Diospyros virginiana): 35-60' tall. Zones 4-9  gallon* pots $16 +tax

'DEC Miller X' American persimmon (Diospyros virginiana): 35-60' tall. Zones 4-9  gallon* pots $16 +tax

'Autumn II' American persimmon (Diospyros virginiana): 35-60' tall. Zones 4-9  gallon* pots $16 +tax

We do not ship plants.  To reserve plants please either call us at 812-723-5259  or email us, and schedule an appointment to pick them up. We can also DELIVER for a fee to our general region.                                                                  

*size designations are nominal. We use “trade gallons” (which are slightly less than a gallon) as well as recycled pots that may vary in exact size.   There are a limited number of two gallon plants available – first come first serve.