PERSIMMON – MATSUMOTO

COMMON NAME Matsumoto Persimmon
BOTANICAL NAME Diospyros kaki
HEIGHT 20′
WIDTH 15′
MONOECIOUS
DECIDUOUS
LIFESPAN 50 years to 150 years
PERENNIAL
COLD TOLERANCE 10° F
SOIL TYPE Well drained, sandy loam soils are preferred. Adapts to many soil types with good drainage.
WATER REQUIREMENTS Water after planting in ground, and water every day for 2 weeks. Week 3 and week 4, water deeply twice a week. From week 5 forward water deeply at least once a week. Best results with regular irrigation. Supplement with water during droughts and the hot, dry months to keep your plant lush and thriving. Reduce watering in the Winter when growth slows.
DROUGHT TOLERANCE Medium
SALT TOLERANCE No
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS At least 6 hours full sun.
FERTILIZING FERTILIZING Sparingly use a general purpose 10-10-10 once every 2 months, from Spring to Summer for faster growth. Alternatively, use a slow-release fertilizer 3 times a year. Halt fertilizing from the Fall to Winter, then begin again in the Spring. Do not allow fertilizer to clump, be sure to disperse evenly. Clumped fertilizer can potentially burn roots, potentially harming or killing a plant. Avoid getting fertilizer on the leaves, flowers, and stems. Do not over-fertilize, as this will result in more foliage and less flowers and less fruit. Too much fertilizer is also a common cause of fruit drop for persimmons.
FLOWER Fragrant, yellowish-white, bell-shaped, 4 petals
MONTH OF COLOR Fall
FRUIT Ripens in the Fall. Green unripe; Orange ripe. Harvested when matured and firm, with the color almost fully developed. We suggest using a knife or clippers, as to avoid breaking branches. Tomato-shaped with a tough, thick, inedible rind and edible, sweet, interior. Handle carefully, easily to bruise and discolor the skin.
ALLERGENS, TOXICITY AND ANIMALS People with digestion issues or have had gastric bypass surgery could have an intestinal blockage called a bezoar from excessive consumption of persimmons. Most common in farm animals than in people, though people who consume large amounts of persimmons or who have had gastric issues are at risk.
COMMENTS Has a moderate growth rate. Non-astringent fruit; Doesn’t cause the mouth to feel dry, as a wine causes. Good pest and disease resistance. Bears fruit when 2 years to 3 years. Pruning leggy branches is suggested for preventing drooping branches when heavy with fruit, which could potentially break. American persimmon trees requires both male and female trees for fruit, while the Asian variety is self-fruiting. Native to China, Japan, Burma, the Himalayas, and Khasi Hills of northern India
PRICE 10 gallon $125, 3 gallon $55