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Persimmon: a Touch of the Orient

This small, upright, deciduous tree makes a fine autumn accent in any garden.

Its spreading canopy, glossy green foliage, brilliant autumn colour, and a bounty of sweet, flavourful, bright orange-red fruit make it very desirable. Sadly the persimmon has gone out of fashion and needs to make a come-back.


A fine autumn accent. Photo - Graham Ross


Widely grown in Japan and loved for its plump glowing fruit that remain on bare branches for a stunning winter accent.

Persimmons can be classified into two major groups: non-astringent and astringent. Astringent varieties need to be very soft before eating and the non-astringent that can be eaten when still firm; exquisite sweet tasting.



Persimmon - Dai Dai Maru

The rounded fruit is of medium sized, orange-red, glossy, with a slight bloom; has dark flesh, is not edible until fully ripe and soft; seedless unless cross-pollinated; bears good crops regularly. The tree is of semi-erect habit.


Persimmon - Nightingale

A deep-orange flesh that is very sweet and juicy when ripe. A conical large shape. Very high quality flesh that is most often seedless. Compact growing. Astringent


Dwarf Persimmon - Ichikikijiro

Large flat fruit of excellent quality. Being a dwarf variety, it is well suited to backyards but is also grown commercially. Mostly seedless fruit and non-astringent.


Persimmon - Flat Seedless

A smooth textured, juicy fruit of excellent quality. Fruit is large and flat, one of the best astringent varieties, has to be fully ripe to eat. Vigorous grower.


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A sweet treat for dessert.


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