• Native Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) and Asian/Japanese persimmon (Diospyros kaki) trees are grown in South Carolina. Native persimmons are much more cold-hardy and are appropriate to grow anywhere, while Asian persimmons are best in the southeastern counties in USDA zone 8.
• Figs (Ficus carica) are typically multistemmed large shrubs to bushy trees. They are best grown all across South Carolina, except in the mountains in the state’s far northwest. Cold winters often cause some branch die-back, so to avoid this, plant figs on southern sides of buildings or windbreaks.
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