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Easy to grow and pleasing to the eye, the Fuyu Persimmon tree (Diospyros kaki) offers sweet and delicious fruit that is never bitter! A Fuyu asian persimmon fruit tastes a bit like a pumpkin crossed with an apple with the ripe texture ranging from a crisp peach to jelly.
The Fuyu’s fruit are medium to large in size with a bright orange color and will keep well for a number of weeks. The fruit begins to ripen in September and completes ripening in October when it is ready to pick. It can remain on the tree until fully ripe. The fully ripe from are a good source of vitamins and minerals including beta carotene and dietary fiber.
The Fuyu bearing age typically takes between 2-3 years to begin to develop deep orange fruit that is acorn shaped. Since our trees are already 1-2 years old they should bear fruit in 1-2 years once planted in the ground. Fuyu fruit is orange skinned, sweet, and a delight to your tastebuds when fully ripened.
It may be a good idea to pick unripe persimmons and leave them at room temperature. When you are ready to eat the fruit, you can place in a brown paper bag and let ethylene gas ripen them (similar to bananas and avocados). The reason to do this is to prevent them from rotting on the tree or from birds or other wildlife devouring their delicious flesh.
Fun fact: The Fuyu persimmon has been called “divine fruit” from its botanical name Diospyros. This literally means “wheat of Zeus”. It is known as a fruit of the gods and a good choice for any home garden!
Giant Fuyu Persimmon Tree Care
This cultivar can grow anywhere between 15 and 20 feet tall and rarely exceeds 18-20 feet wide. It is self-pollinating – meaning they do not need another tree for cross pollination. The tree has a very long tap root and will require some space to grow its large root system.
The Asian Persimmon tree prefers full sun exposure and loamy, well-drained soil. It can handle areas in partial shade during the afternoon summer heat. This acorn shaped fruit tree has beautiful fall color!
This tree’s small form and vigorous growth make the Fuyu Asian Persimmon a great choice for home landscapes. You may be asking when to plant the fuyu persimmon tree? The best time of year to plant persimmon trees is in early spring after all danger from frost is gone.
Root growth will take time and fertilization is needed to provide strong root system. Mature trees don’t produce fruit in sandy soil. Fertilize once or twice a year to grow persimmons with a slow release fertilizer. These persimmon fruit trees require 36-48 inches of water annually, especially as young trees to get established.
This fruit tree grows best in agriculture plant hardiness USDA hardiness zones 7-10. Tree has slight cold hardiness but cannot handle extreme cold temperatures during the growing season. Mild winters are ok with the fuyu tree. Great trees for the southern United States.
Giant fuyu trees are pest and disease resistant and a great choice for your fruit tree collection. These are not bare root trees. They ship rooted in a container in soil for the health of the tree.
Astringent vs Non-Astringent:
This specific Asian persimmon is the non astringent type – meaning it can be eaten right from the tree and tastes crisp like an apple. Astringent persimmons, on the other hand, need a few days for fruit to ripen and are soft and nearly mushy before they are ready to eat. Hachiya persimmons are the most common astringent type of persimmon.
Astringent varieties and non astringent persimmon varieties are equally delicious and you will need to look up your variety of persimmon to know which one it is. Or just wait until the fruit appear and try one out eaten fresh. You will know once you taste it.
This Fuyu tree is different from the American Persimmon used by Native Americans that is native to North America. They are widely planted fruits and the medium sized, yellow orange fruit are sure to delight anyone that tastes them!
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- Edible fruit
- Disease resistant
- Fall color