Persimmon trees are a lovely ornamental specimen fruit tree, often with a semi weeping form, which gives a beautiful display of deep orange autumn leaves, and retains many of its orange coloured fruit after leaf fall, making it the prettiest fruit tree in the winter garden. The botanical word for persimmon trees is ‘diospyros’ meaning ‘food of the gods’, and it’s not far wrong either – the problem with these fruit being that they are often not left to ripen properly before eating, and they are very astringent when unripe. When ripe they are a delicious rich sweet flavour quite unlike any other fruit in the garden. Louis Glowinski suggests flavour is not unlike apricot jam.
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Dai Dai Maru persimmonFairly large tree with pretty weeping form, and beautiful autumn foliage, the Dai Dai Maru persimmon has smaller fruits, beautiful glossy skin, if cross pollinated the flesh comes a dark cinnamon colour, very sweet, rich flavour, excellent quality, ripening early
Fuyu persimmonFuyu persimmon is a semi dwarf, reaching maybe 2 – 2.5 metres. Large, slightly flattened fruits, dark orange – red coloured skin, good and edible when still hard and crisp, but then gains even more flavour as it softens to a soft jam like texture – ripens late in season, about the middle of May, and stores well, does well in cold or hot climate, hardy tree, practically pest free, only needs 250 hours winter chilling
Jiro dwarf persimmon
Out of stockJiro dwarf persimmon is a new offering for us this year. It has been grown in the nursery as a potted tree, and we send it with the potting soil still partially surrounding the roots....in a sort of semi bare rooted state. The Jiro dwarf persimmon is a fully dwarfed persimmon at maturity, reaching to around 2 metres, with fine flavour, and good cropping potential. Jiro dwarf persimmon is a non astringent variety, which can be eaten when still crisp and crunchy, or left to mature to a soft texture and eaten late. Dwarf persimmons will grow well in large pots or smallish garden beds, and are very easily kept pruned to a desired shape and size. Jiro dwarf persimmon is a good option for plantings that have to be made close to houses, as neither roots nor branches will become too invasive
Nightingale persimmonThe Nightingale persimmon is a smaller tree with lovely flavoured big sized fruits, ripening early season, the tree is a heavy bearer, suitable for smaller gardens, this tree is the best for cooler districts