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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Persimmon'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycopersicon (ly-koh-PER-see-kon) (Info)
Species: lycopersicum (ly-koh-PER-see-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Persimmon

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16 members have or want this plant for trade.

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Ferment seeds before storing
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Large (over one pound)

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:
Lime green

Seed Type:

Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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7 positives
4 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive tomatochick On May 12, 2014, tomatochick from Danbury, CT wrote:

I grew this during the 2013 season in the Northeast. Stingy yield from this plant, but the fruit that was produced was absolutely DELICIOUS, so I'm rating it as a positive experience nonetheless.

I will definitely try growing it again - we had a cooler spring followed by a REALLY HOT summer, so perhaps the plant's production was "off" because of this. Some of my other varieties didn't do as well as they normally did, also, so I'm willing to give this cultivar another shot to see what happens.

Positive robinclark24 On May 22, 2011, robinclark24 from Murfreesboro, TN wrote:

Loved 2010 crop. Great sandwich tomato. It kept producing almost to frost. Last bumper crop was ripened in cardboard box with layered newspaper...worked like a charm. I'm a new tomato gardener but this was my top cultivar last year, for sure.

Neutral BUFFY690 On Apr 14, 2011, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Growing 2011 can't wait we love tomatoes of all colors at my house.

Neutral lssfishhunter On Jan 21, 2009, lssfishhunter from Jonesville, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This variety produced good sized tomatoes but production didn't impress me. This variety has a decent taste but not real acidic. I made spaghetti sauce with some of them and had several compliments on the taste and the color.

Positive cowtrailrd On Apr 8, 2008, cowtrailrd from Shawnee, OK wrote:

this tomato produced large flavorful fruit in 2007. I picked the largest and saved seed for this year have had at least 80% come up. Will repost as to how well the new plants do. The plants I raised in 2008 did well and will continue to raise.

Positive paracelsus On Jan 25, 2008, paracelsus from Elmira, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have grown this tomato in a pot for two years now. It is true that the plant does not make a lot of tomatoes, but the ones it makes are large, and they are very tasty. They have a creamy, almost salty taste. They are wonderful on a sandwich and a beautiful color. Mine have not gotten orange but instead a golden yellow. I will definitely continue to grow this tomato.

Neutral jenhillphoto On Jan 17, 2007, jenhillphoto from Danbury, CT (Zone 6a) wrote:

Not the best tomato in my garden this year and not the worst. I am neutral on them. They seemed to get mushy on the vine and never get that orangish color in everyone elses pictures. Only got to yellow. So I started picking them earlier and let them ripen inside. The weather was weird for us, very rainy, so that could have contributed to things. I love the look of the yellow/orange tomato cut up and mixed with red tomatoes.

Positive blameitonkarma On Jul 27, 2006, blameitonkarma from Lancaster, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Extremely delicious, very large orange fruit. Very creamy texture, similar to Dr. Wyche's Yellow. Not a huge producer, but not stingy either. It's growing beautifully here in the hot, dry desert conditions in Lancaster, Ca. Summer days are always above 90 degrees, and very frequently above 100 with about 15% humidity.

It's a keeper!

Positive dlnevins On Jul 23, 2006, dlnevins from Omaha, NE wrote:

One of my favorite orange tomatoes. The plants are vigorous, and I've had minimal disease problems. The fruits are HUGE, very meaty, with a rich, sweet flavor - great for sandwiches. The only flaws are that the total yield of tomatoes per plant is a bit lower than most other varieties (although still quite acceptable), and the fruits mature late, so my Persimmon season is a short one. Given the fantastic flavor, I'm more than willing to put up with these shortcomings.

Positive Agrinerd On Apr 7, 2005, Agrinerd from Franklin, NC (Zone 6b) wrote:

Bright persimmon orange fruit. Meaty, juicy, good flavored, but tough skinned. This was a plus in 2004 when wet weather in NC ruined most of the tomatoes in the area. The foliage was taken out by the late blight that hit everything here, but the thick skinned fruit resisted cracking and disease lesions. These were the only fruit I had left after the rains.

Neutral Big_Red On Dec 23, 2004, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Bright "persimmon" colored fruits grow 1-2 lbs., some with lime shoulders. Very meaty with few seeds, plants produce abundantly.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mammoth Spring, Arkansas
Quartz Hill, California
Roseland, California
Danbury, Connecticut (2 reports)
Miami, Florida
Boston, Massachusetts
Trenton, New Jersey
Corrales, New Mexico
Elmira, New York
Vinton, Ohio
Shawnee, Oklahoma
Knoxville, Tennessee
Houston, Texas
Orange, Texas

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