Diospyros kaki

Diospyros kaki - Japanese Persimmon Tree

Diospyros kaki is commonly called the Persimmon Tree , a very attractive deciduous fruiting tree (to 30ft) with beautiful fall foliage.

Used both as an ornamental tree as well as for producing fruit Diospyros kaki will grow to form a dome shaped spreading canopy and can also provide some shade for other plants in the garden.

Plants can be espaliered of trained to a fan in smaller spaces.


Persimmon Tree Fruit

Suited to USDA Zones 7 – 11.

Best planted in full sun which will promote the best fruiting characteristics, although light afternoon shade is also suitable if grown as an ornamental.

A well drained humus rich moist soil is required as is protection from strong winds.

Varieties include

  • Diospyros kaki Hachiya – Although fruit can be picked when hard it is astringent and it needs to soften before being eaten. Fruit is heart shaped and should be yellow when harvested.

  • Diospyros kaki Fuyu – With deep green glossy foliage the fruit slightly flatted in appearance and is firm when eaten and is non astringent. Fruit should be yellow when harvested. The fruit is an attractive addition when left on the tree after the leaves have fallen.

  • Diospyros kaki Maru – Astringent fruit but earlier fruiting than others. Fruit is a green to yellow when harvested.