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Diospyros kaki, Kaki, Japanese Persimmon, Oriental Persimmon, Sharon Fruit

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Family: Ebenaceae
Kaki, Japanese Persimmon, Oriental Persimmon, Sharon Fruit
Origin: China
small tree 10-20 ftfull sunmoderate waterethnomedicaldeciduousediblesubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeincuded in CD catalog

The persimmon is a multitrunked or single-stemmed deciduous tree to 25 ft. high and at least as wide. It is a handsome ornamental with drooping leaves and branches that give it a languid, rather tropical appearance. The branches are somewhat brittle and can be damaged in high winds. Leaves are alternate, simple, ovate and up to 7 inches long and 4 inches wide. They are often pale, slightly yellowish green in youth, turning a dark, glossy green as they age. Under mild autumn conditions the leaves often turn dramatic shades of yellow, orange and red. Tea can also be made from fresh or dried leaves. The inconspicuous flowers surrounded by a green calyx tube are borne in the leaf axils of new growth from one-year old wood. Female flowers are single and cream-colored while the pink-tinged male flowers are typically borne in threes. Persimmons can withstand a wide rage of conditions as long as the soil is not overly salty, but does best in deep, well drained loam. Tolerates alkaline soil. Can withstand short periods of drought, but the fruit will be larger and of higher quality with regular watering. Extreme drought will cause the leaves and fruit to drop prematurely. Persimmons are relatively problem-free. Most of the oriental persimmon trees are propagated onto the common persimmon, Diospyros virginiana. Persimmons are classified into two types based on fruit characteristics. The first classification is of the astringent and non-astringent cultivars. Astringent fruit must be soft or artificially treated before astringency is removed and they are suitable for eating. Fruit of the non-astringent types lose astringency while still hard and can be eaten hard or soft. The second classification relates to fruit flesh color when seeds are present. In pollination-variant types, the flesh is dark and streaked around the seeds, but clear orange when seedless. Pollination-constant types lack the dark streaking regardless of seed set.

In astringent cultivars of the pollination-variant type, the dark flesh is non-astringent even when hard; therefore, seeded, pollination-variant, astringent cultivars perform as non-astringent types. The amount of dark flesh coloration around the seeds varies with cultivars. In most areas of the world, astringent pollination variant types, which have a great degree of dark flesh, are classified as non-astringent cultivars. However (typically in Florida), these persimmons are grown without pollinators and their seedless astringent fruit necessitates classifying them as astringent types. Some dark specks can be found in the flesh of Fuyu variety and other non-astringent cultivars. This is not linked to seed set, and has no significance to the variant-constant classification system. Currently plantings of non-astringent types are increasing and both types of oriental persimmon are a popular dooryard fruit. Trees grow and fruit best in central and northern Florida and can produce high yields of quality fruit. In south Florida fruit quality is better with astringent types than with the non-astringent ones. Harvest season for astringent persimmon fruit is just prior to and through the soft stage of fruit development. If picked during this time, the fruit is either soft or will become soft and the astringent tannins are coagulated, making the fruit suitable for eating. Generally, fruit can be picked and softened at room temperature about 7 to 10 days before it would be softening on the tree. The time varies slightly with cultivars, and is about the same for both astringent and non-astringent types. Not all fruit in the crop load develop to this state at the same time. The softening process will be less effective and take longer to occur the earlier the fruit is picked.

Adding persimmon leaves to tea is supposedly quite beneficial (according to a couple studies) to general bodily functions. The leaves contian extremely high levels of Vitamin C (much more than green tea). They also contain: tannins, rutin, amino acids, magnesium, Manganese, calcium, and phosphorous.


 Diospyros kaki, Kaki, Japanese Persimmon, Oriental Persimmon, Sharon Fruit

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Diospyros kaki, Kaki, Japanese Persimmon, Oriental Persimmon, Sharon Fruit

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Diospyros kaki, Kaki, Japanese Persimmon, Oriental Persimmon, Sharon Fruit

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Diospyros kaki, Kaki, Japanese Persimmon, Oriental Persimmon, Sharon Fruit

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Diospyros kaki, Kaki, Japanese Persimmon, Oriental Persimmon, Sharon Fruit

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Diospyros kaki, Kaki, Japanese Persimmon, Oriental Persimmon, Sharon Fruit

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Diospyros kaki, Kaki, Japanese Persimmon, Oriental Persimmon, Sharon Fruit

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Oriental persimmon: looks like tomato, 3" diameter, skin - deep orange, flesh - light orange, very few seeds. Non-astringent, eaten crisp like an apple or soft. Self fertile, orange with light orange flesh. Medium sweet taste. Pest free, hardy attractive, firm, non-astringent. Most popular non-astringent variety in US and Japan.
Non-astringent cultivars have lost their astringency by maturity and can be eaten crisp like an apple or at various stages of softness.
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in 3 gal pot, grafted

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Diospyros kaki - grafted Persimmon var. Fuyu, large size

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Oriental persimmon: looks like tomato, 3" diameter, skin - deep orange, flesh - light orange, very few seeds. Non-astringent, eaten crisp like an apple or soft. Self fertile, orange with light orange flesh. Medium sweet taste. Pest free, hardy attractive, firm, non-astringent. Most popular non-astringent variety in US and Japan.
Non-astringent cultivars have lost their astringency by maturity and can be eaten crisp like an apple or at various stages of softness.
7 gal pot. Please read the following information before ordering this plant. This is large size plant grown in 7 gal pot. This plant is much more mature than our standard size plants in 3 gal. It has thicker trunk and more branches. See a picture showing relative size of plants grown in 3 gal and 7 gal.
This plant will be shipped separately from other items by UPS/FedEx Ground due to its large size. Extra soil removed. See here time in transit (business days, excluding Sat-Sun!).
If transit time to your state is more than 4 days, over-weekend delay may occur. We provide the best packaging but can not guarantee plant safety if weekend delay occurs. We strongly recommend contacting us in advance regarding alternative methods of shipping. To estimate shipping cost, select the plant in the shopping cart and calculate shipping.
This item will be shipped within 2 weeks.
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in 7 gal pot, grafted

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Diospyros kaki - grafted Persimmon var. Jiro

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Kaki, Japanese Persimmon, Oriental Persimmon. Non-astrigent, sweet crunchy fruit!
A popular dooryard fruit and a handsome ornamental with drooping leaves and branches that give it a languid, rather tropical appearance. Under mild autumn conditions the leaves often turn dramatic shades of yellow, orange and red. Tea can also be made from fresh or dried leaves.
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in 3 gal pot, grafted

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Diospyros kaki - grafted Persimmon var. Saijo

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Oriental persimmon: Saijo, which means "the very best one" in Japanese. Very cold hardy cultivar. Small yellow elongated fruit. Sweet excellent flavor, ranked among the best by gourmets. Medium height tree. Bears consistently.
Astringent cultivars have water-soluble tannins in the flesh of the fruit at maturity (harvest) and do not normally lose their astringency until soft and ripe. They are adapted better to cooler areas than non-astringent types


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Diospyros kaki - grafted Persimmon var. South Florida

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Kaki, Japanese Persimmon, Oriental Persimmon. Non-astrigent, sweet crunchy fruit. Doesn't need many chill hours to produce lost of fruit.
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Grown in 3 gal pot, grafted

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Diospyros kaki - grafted Persimmon var. Tanenashi 

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Oriental persimmon: Tanenashi or Tananashi, which means seedless (seed in Japanese=tane). Oval, 4-5', skin - light yellow or orange, inside - dark orange-red, eaten soft (=astringent), very sweet, seedless, vigorous tree, prolific. Leading cultivar in SE USA, in CA tends to bear in alternate years.
Astringent cultivars have water-soluble tannins in the flesh of the fruit at maturity (harvest) and do not normally lose their astringency until soft and ripe.
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in 3 gal pot, grafted

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Diospyros kaki - grafted Persimmon var. Winterset

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Oriental persimmon: Winterset. Astringent (=eaten ripe) , elongated fruit, yellow skin when ripe, seedless, super sweet, medium height, bear consistently, very cold hardy.
Astringent cultivars have water-soluble tannins in the flesh of the fruit at maturity (harvest) and do not normally lose their astringency until soft, ripe, and very sweet. Very late harvest, November-December.
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in 3 gal pot, grafted

1 Plant in stock
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