Persimmon
Diospyros spp.
These very ornamental fruit trees are very popular throughout the world,. Persimmons are prized for their dark green, tropical-looking foliage, their yellow, orange, and scarlet fall color, and their striking, large, delicious, bright orange fruits, which, in the case of Asian Persimmon, adorn the tree until well after the leaves have fallen. American Persimmon is hardy to minus 25°F. Asian Persimmon is is hardy to 0°F.
Asian Persimmon
Probably the most widely planted fruit tree in the world, Persimmons are found throughout Asia in almost every yard and orchard. Large and very sweet, Asian Persimmon fruit is relished eaten fresh or dried for winter desserts and special occasions. Spectacular in autumn, Asian Persimmon features yellow, orange and scarlet fall color and the striking, bright orange fruit remains on the tree long after leaf fall. There are two main types of Asian Persimmon. Varieties like Early Fuyu and Early Jiro can be eaten when firm like an apple. Varieties like Saijo and Fire Crystal™ are ready to eat when soft and tender like a ripe tomato, when they are very sweet and delicious.
Early Fuyu
Diospyros kaki
This early ripening variety is prized for its abundant crops of beautiful, sweet and flavorful, bright orange fruit. Early Fuyu fruit can be eaten when firm like an Apple or allowed to soften and become even sweeter. 1364
Early Jiro
Diospyros kaki
This early ripening variety is prized for its large, delicious, bright orange fruit, attractive form and striking, orange-red fall color. Early Jiro fruit can be eaten while firm ike an apple, or allowed to soften to a tomato-like texture. 1356
Fire Crystal™
Diospyros kaki
One of the very earliest ripening Asian Persimmon varieties, Fire Crystal™ is prized for its attractive, compact growth habit and abundant crops of delicious, very sweet, bright orange fruit, which are ready to eat when soft and tender like a ripe tomato. 1310
Miss Kim
Diospyros kaki
This attractive, early ripening variety is prized for its weeping habit, tropical-looking foliage, large, round, sweet and flavorful, reddish-orange fruit. and beautiful, deep red, fall color. Miss Kim fruit is ready to eat when soft and tender like a ripe tomato. 1382
Nikita’s Gift™
Diospyros virginiana x kaki
This unique hybrid of Asian and American Persimmon bears bountiful crops of sweet and flavorful, reddish-orange fruit followed by strikingly beautiful, orange-yellow fall foliage. Nikita’s Gift™ is ready to eat when soft and tender like a ripe tomato. 1438
Saijo
Diospyros kaki
This very popular Japanese variety bears abundant crops of conical-shaped, orange-red, very sweet and juicy fruit. An attractive, compact tree, Saijo features striking, orange red fall foliage. Early ripening Saijo fruit is great for fresh eating and it is also is one of the best for drying. It is ready to eat when soft and tender like a ripe tomato. 1390
Sweet Fuyu
Diospyros kaki
This early-ripening variety is prized for its beautiful fall color and its abundant crops of striking, bright orange, sweet and flavorful fruit. Sweet Fuyu is delicious eaten fresh and is also good for drying. It is ready to eat while it is firm like an apple. 1368
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