Persimmon decline

Persimmon Wilt and Verticillium Wilt

The Cephalosporium diospyri fungus causes a serious and often fatal disease called persimmon wilt. Infected leaves wilt and fall to the ground as the branches die. The decline begins at the top of a persimmon tree and spreads downward, eventually affecting the entire tree. Severely diseased trees die one to two years after becoming infected.

Vascular or verticillium wilt also can cause persimmon tree death. The soil-borne fungus attacks the tree’s water-transport system. The wood and roots become discolored, the leaves shrivel and wilt, and the persimmon fruit is often deformed or the tree fails to produce fruit.


Sorry to see your persimmon tree got infected. So far no disease here in the cold Z5 on my hybrids.


I have a common American persimmon that is doing fine but grew to the shape of an acacia tree.10 feet tall by 20 feet wide.

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