Japanese Persimmon seeds Diospyros kaki seeds
Japanese Persimmon, Diospyros kaki, FruitSeeds
Fragrant Flowers, Edible Showy Fruits, Fall Color, Attracts Birds and Other Animals, Drought Tolerant
Japanese persimmon is a deciduous fruiting tree with a rounded spreading crown that grows 20-30 feet tall. This tree is noted not only for its edible fruits but also for its excellent ornamental features. Oval to obovate leaves to 6 inches long emerge yellowish green in spring, mature to glossy green in summer and turning an attractive gold to red in fall. Trees are usually dioecious (separate male and female trees), but some trees have both male and female flowers. Notwithstanding the
Fruits may be harvested when the skins reach deep orange. Fruits can be eaten fresh or dried (hoshigaki) and are commonly used in syrups, jellies, ice creams, cakes or pies. Persimmon leaves can be used to make teas.
Other Names: Japanese Persimmon, Kaki Persimmon, Oriental Persimmon
Growth rate: Slow to Medium
Plant Type: Deciduous fruiting tree
Height: 20 to 30 feet
Spread: 20 to 30 feet
Shape: Round; upright
Bloom Time: May – June
Bloom Color: Creamy white (female) Pink (male)
Sun: Full sun
Fall Color: Orange, red, yellow
Drought tolerance: Moderate
Culture: Promptly remove root suckers unless naturalized effect is desired. Once established, they need minimal care and require little or no pruning. Fertilize three times a year as you would for other fruiting trees.
Uses: May be pruned as a hedge, screen. Oriental persimmons make attractive shade trees with the added bonus of delicious fruit. They can be espaliered or used as specimen trees in mixed plantings, where their colorful fall foliage and fruits will be emphasized against an evergreen backdrop.