Fuyu Persimmon Tree

"Threekakifruit-cutopen" by Nesnad - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Common

“Threekakifruit-cutopen” by Nesnad – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

Persimmons are traditionally popular fruits in many parts of Asia and are now gaining popularity in America. Persimmon fruits ripen on trees to a yellow or orange-red color depending on variety. Many varieties of persimmon, called astringent varieties, are too bitter to eat until they are very soft.  Other varieties, like the fuyu, are considered non-astringent and contain less tannin allowing for a desirable flavor when fruits are still firm, like an apple.  The fruit of a fuyu persimmon is delicious and sweet tasting similar to honey with a hint of mango.  Fruits can be eaten raw or used in cooking desserts.

Growing Persimmon Trees

The fuyu persimmon tree is highly adaptable to wide range of soil conditions but prefers loamy well draining soil with an optimal pH range of 6.0-6.5 (Lime can be added yearly to raise pH).  Once established, trees are drought tolerant but will produce less fruit.  As all trees, good watering is required to successfully establish the fuyu persimmon.  Plant in full sun.  This persimmon tree is small in statue making it an ideal choice for the home landscape.

Persimmon leaves in Fall.

Persimmon leaves in Fall.

Persimmon trees are thought to originate from China and have been grown in Asia for centuries.  The genus diospyros translates from Latin to mean “food of the gods” or “divine fruit”.  Fuyu persimmons work well in our climate and are winter hardy.

In addition to it’s flavor, persimmons are high in vitamin A, and a good source of vitamin C, potassium and fiber as well as essential amino acids. Add one of these attractive & practical trees to your landscape today and enjoy fresh & nutritious persimmons for years to come!