Create a honey hole with early and late fall persimmons outdoors from Chestnut Hill

Ever wonder what makes specific locations more attractive to deer? Maybe it’s a lot of food to meet their nutritional needs or cover where deer and other wildlife feel safer. Maybe it’s a combination of both, not just any food, but the right food at the right time and in or near a protective cover. The more attractive habitat components that are present in a location, the more effective it is at attracting and retaining deer. Chestnut Hill Outdoors offers a powerful pair of persimmons, each specially selected for their abundant fruit production and ability to create thick cover.

Few species of soft mast are more attractive to deer than ripe persimmons, and Early Drop Deer sweet persimmons kick off the attraction calendar, bearing fruit from late August through October. These grafted female American persimmons will bear fruit in 2-3 years, depending on climate and care. The Deer Candy Collection includes three varieties, and Chestnut Hill Outdoors will select the best variety for success at your designated destination.

The deck may still hold deer after the meal is gone, but the dual action can continue adding late-fall deer magnetic persimmons to the mix. This variety, also from grafted female Persimmons, was selected and perfected by Chestnut Hill Outdoors to bear later, from October to November and even into December, greatly expanding the window of appeal. And both will eventually create a thick canopy where the deer will feel more comfortable feeding and therefore stay longer.


  • Height at Maturity: 30′-50′
  • Spread: 20′-35′
  • Tree Form: Central Leader
  • USDA Zone: 6-9
  • Foliage: Beautiful red-purple fall color
  • Flowering: May to June in most places
  • Fruit: Orange (when ripe) 1-1.5″ fruit with 4-6 large, flat seeds
  • Light Requirements: Full sun

Soil type: Adapted to highlands, moist if only seasonal and well drained or sandy or loamy clay; pH 6.0-7.0

Fertilizing: New trees planted in the winter will not need fertilizer (10-10-10 balanced weather release fertilizer or Espoma Tree Tone Organic) until April or May.

Pollination: requires pollinator. Plant at least two trees for pollination; however, each additional tree will increase pollination for better mast production.

Pruning – Most persimmon trees require little pruning, especially when they bear fruit. Pruning is usually limited to controlling the size of the tree or removing dead, diseased, and damaged branches. Prune off suckers that develop.

As their respective names imply, early fall persimmons attract deer in early fall, and late fall persimmons keep them there well into winter. By providing food and shelter over a longer period, the effect of the whole becomes more significant than the sum of its parts. The result is a honey hole where the deer will feel more comfortable feeding and lounging at their leisure.

Chestnut Hill Outdoors is the best place to buy your deer feedlot and attractant plants because they offer a huge selection. Their plants are grown specifically to attract deer and they offer customers different sized plants at different growth levels. To ensure you receive the maximum benefit from their products, they also provide great advice and instructions on proper planting and care. For more information on Chestnut Hill Outdoors products and how to care for them, visit or call (855) 386-7826.

Chestnut Hill is the best place to buy your deer feedlot and attractant plants because they offer a great selection, their plants are grown specifically to attract deer, and they offer customers different size plants at different growth levels.

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