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Diospyros kaki

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dy-OS-py-ros KAH-kee
Description

Beautiful, delicious and easy to grow, large-fruited Oriental persimmons 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 in 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.  

Problems: Scale, mealybug and leaf spot can occur. Fruit drop can be messy.

Cultivars / Varieties:
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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#sun#deciduous#fall color#orange#orange leaves#red leaves#winter interest#year-round interest#fruit tree#orange fruit#fall fruits#winter fruits
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Diospyros
    Species:
    kaki
    Family:
    Ebenaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    India, Asia
    Edibility:
    Fruits can be eaten raw or made into various dishes. Leaves can be used to make teas.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 20 ft. 0 in. - 30 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 15 ft. 0 in. - 25 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Erect
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Orange
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Length:
    > 3 inches
    Fruit Width:
    > 3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    3-4 inch orange fruit is globular/ oval. When cut in the middle, it has 8 lighter colored lines inside. May persist into winter.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Pink
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Female flowers appear solitary and are creamy-white. Male flowers are in clusters of 3 and are pinkish.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Obovate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Oval leaves are up to 6 inches long and 4 inches wide. New leaves are yellow-green and turn glossy green in summer. The fall color is yellow-orange to red.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Dark Gray
    Bark Description:
    Brownish gray bark
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Lenticels:
    Not Conspicuous
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Gray stems with or without hairs
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Problems:
    Messy