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3737 Persimmon tree Tanenashi, Low chill, Diospyros kaki, Grafted?
What is grafted plant
Q: What is a grafted plant?
A: Grafting is a method of vegetative (or asexual) propagation where a piece of one plant (scion) selected for its flowers or fruit and containing the desired genes to be duplicated is inserted into a piece of another plant (rootstock), with a strong vigorous root system, usually a seedling.
Benefits of the graft:
- making a clone of the parent plant ensures the same cultivar, since most fruit trees will not come true to seed
- taking a scion from a mature plant reduces time to flowering and fruiting (from 10-12 years for a seedling to 2-3 years or less for a grafted plant)
- introducing dwarfing, hardiness, disease and pest resistance.
- easier propagation method when other means like cutting or seed is not successful
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.