- Common Name(s):
- Japanese persimmon
Beautiful, delicious and easy to grow, large fruited Oriental persimmons (Diospyros kaki L) offer year round interest in the landscape. They thrive in eastern North Carolina and the southern piedmont but do not tolerate temperatures below 10°F. Recommended varieties include Fuyu, Jiro, and Hanagosho. Planting more than one variety is recommended but not required for fruit set. The trees grow best on loamy, well–drained soils with a pH of 6.0 to 6.5 but thrive on a wide range of soils. Persimmons generally bloom mid-April so avoid damage from late frosts. They have no serious insect or disease problems and they do not require annual pruning like some other deciduous fruit trees. With spectacular autumn foliage and fruit that extends the harvest late into the fall, they are an excellent addition to an edible landscape. Fruit from these nonastringent varieties can be sliced like a tomato and eaten raw or they can be used in a variety of baked goods. For more information see http://content.ces.ncsu.edu/growing-oriental-persimmons-in-north-carolina
- 10-25 ft.
- White flowers in May-June; 3 to 4 in. yellow, orange fruit in late fall
- Sun; moist, well-drained soil
- Low-branched; wide-spreading; semi-pendulous outer branches
- 10-20 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Slow to moderate
- 2.5-7 in. alternate, simple leaves; yellow, orange, red fall color
NCCES plant id: 1982