The Lovely Plants

Sweet, Lovely and Ornamental: Persimmon Tree

Japanese Persimmon or sometimes called Kaki Persimmon is large deciduous tree from the family of Diospyros. It is a large genus of evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs from tropical climates of Asia, some parts of Africa and major parts of Japan and China. Listed as Diospyros Kaki, this tropical tree has been in cultivation since many hundred years in China where it is largely grown for its edible fruit. In fact, more than 90 percent of its total production comes from China. Other species from the genus of Diospyros are also useful trees and are grown for their timber or as ornamental plants. The timber is collectively known as ebony.

Diospyros Kaki, Persimmon Tree, Image via wikipedia.org

The sweet and slightly tangy fruit of Persimmon is quite attractive itself and makes this tree very ornamental. Pulp of ripe fruit is soft and jelly-like substance. Immature Persimmon is, however, has a bitter taste because of high amount of tannin acid. Creamy yellow flowers of Persimmon are inconspicuous.

Persimmon tree can be grown in sunny locations where it receives rich loamy soil and moderate watering. The tree is frost tender and sheds most of its leaves during the months of winter. A mature tree of Persimmon can grow up to 15 meters.