Ripe persimmon is surprisingly sweet.

Most other deciduous fruit trees provide delightfully profuse spring bloom as well as fruit. Persimmon, Diospyros kaki, does not. It compensates though, with brilliant orange foliar color for autumn. Defoliation reveals comparably bright orange ripe fruit. The awkwardly bulky fruit may look silly on lanky limbs of otherwise bare trees, but they sure are yummy! 

Persimmon trees will not require a pollinator to generate an abundance of fruit. However, according to some experts, paired trees of different cultivars produce more abundant fruit of slightly better quality. Abundance is not necessarily an asset though. Unfortunately, all that very perishable fruit ripens at the same time. Fruit is inedible before completely ripe.

Mature persimmon trees can get big enough to become moderate shade trees. If they do, their abundant fruit will be too high to reach, and will generate a horrendous mess when it falls. Although they are handsome trees, they should probably stay relatively short and compact. New trees should be planted while dormant during winter, preferably bare root.

6 thoughts on “Persimmon

    1. Wild persimmon is Diospyros virginiana. It is a different species. It was used as understock for Japanese persimmon trees years ago, and may still be used as such. I brought seed back from Oklahoma because I am so fond of the fruit. I know that the fruit is small, seedy and very different from the huge and seedless ‘Hachiya’ persimmon that I like so much, but to me, they are completely different fruit.

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      1. Paw paw is RAD too! I did not bring seed back from Oklahoma because I did not encounter them where we were. I purchased seed online though, and have five seedlings coming along now.

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      2. Thank you. I got the seed a few years ago, but then neglected to put it out. It stayed viable for quite a while. The little trees should be planted this winter, but will likely remain canned until next winter, although they can get planted at any time here. Since acquiring mine, I have noticed a few other seedlings in gardens in the Santa Clara Valley. I can not explain why people here are just now becoming aware of them. Not many people here are from here. Many are from regions where pawpaw grow wild.

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