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Can you grow persimmons in Washington state?

Last Updated: 2nd May, 2020

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Fuyu, Hachiya and Chocolate, because of longer ripening time, often don't ripen in Western Washington, but thrive in the Willamette Valley and in other areas with warmer summers. Saijo is the most reliable Asian persimmon for ripening in western Washington.

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Consequently, how long does it take for a persimmon tree to bear fruit?

Oriental persimmons bloom after five years but do not bear fruit until after seven years. Grafted trees bloom within two to three years. American persimmon may take several years to blossom and still not fruit for up to 10 years. Both American and Oriental persimmons have alternate year blooming and fruiting.

Additionally, where can persimmons be found? There is a third kind, the wild American persimmon, but you won't see it in grocery stores. It's small, no bigger than a plum, and a different species altogether that's native to the South and East. It grows wild, particularly in the South Atlantic and Gulf states, and as far west as Kansas.

Herein, can persimmon tree grow in the Philippines?

Persimmon is not grown in the Philippines, where I grew up, but there is a native species of Diospyros whose fruit I ate as a child. Called Diospyros discolor, it is a beautiful tree which grows to a height of 10m, with drooping branches.

How do I grow persimmons?

If you are interested in growing persimmons, choose a sunny spot that drains well. Because persimmons have very deep taproots, be sure to dig a deep hole. Mix 8 inches of soil and loam in the bottom of the planting hole, then fill the hole with loam and native soil.

Related Question Answers

Grigor Indabe

Professional

Do you need 2 persimmon trees to produce fruit?

A: Persimmon trees provide the home garden with vivid color in the fall and tasty fruit in the winter. Varieties of the American persimmon, Diospyros virginiana, typically require two trees to produce. If you only have space for one tree there are several alternatives you can consider.

Kamalatmika Ortl

Professional

Do you need a male and female persimmon tree?

A persimmon tree may be male, female, both or change its sex from one year to the next year. Although many seedless varieties of persimmons are self-fruitful and don't need a tree of the opposite sex for pollination, other persimmons need a tree of the opposite gender for pollination.

Elihu Wallisch

Professional

Where is the best place to plant a persimmon tree?

Persimmons are successfully grown in deep, well-drained slightly acidic soil. A location that receives full sun is ideal for the tree although partial shade may be tolerated. 2. The persimmon has a strong tap root so it requires a deeper planting hole than most trees.

Elide Vanitchev

Explainer

Do persimmon trees need a lot of sun?

Sun Requirements
Like many other fruiting trees and fruit-producing plants, persimmon trees grow best in full sun. However, partial shade may be tolerated, particularly afternoon shade in areas where intense sunlight and heat may cause plants stress.

Atmane Buchholt

Explainer

What month are persimmons ripe?

When to Pick Persimmons
Ideally, you would let astringent varieties ripen on the tree until they are soft. Wild persimmons do not ripen all at one time. They may become ripe as early as mid-September or as late as February. Unfortunately, the birds love the ripened fruit as well as the deer, raccoons, etc.

Mariamu Yuferev

Explainer

How fast do American persimmon trees grow?

American persimmon (D. virginiana), also known as common persimmon or possumwood, grows at a moderate rate of about 24 inches per year in wet to dry soil. Its inconspicuous spring flowers yield an abundance of medium-sized orange fruit in the fall.

Melani Srikaran

Pundit

What is the best type of persimmon tree?

Fuyu persimmon tree – USDA zones 7-10
Bearing non-astringent persimmon fruit, this is — in my opinion — the best persimmon. A Fuyu persimmon tree will grow 15′-20′ tall and equally as wide. It's self-pollinating, so a single tree will produce fruit. The fruit of a Fuyu persimmon tree stays firm when ripe.

Amarilis Avitabile

Pundit

Why do persimmons drop?

The reason persimmons fall from the tree before they ripen is the result of parthenocarpy, which a fascinating botanical phenomenon. In certain persimmon varieties, parthenocarpically produced fruit is highly susceptible to dropping from the tree before it matures.

Moslim Arizala

Pundit

Can I grow a persimmon tree from a seed?

To grow from seed choose a fully ripe, unblemished persimmon. Remove the seeds and soak them in warm water for three days. Because persimmon seeds have a 25-35% germination rate, plant multiple seeds for the best chance of success. You should see persimmon seedlings in 6-8 weeks.

Jianmei Borde

Pundit

Can dogs eat persimmons?

Persimmons are safe for your dog to eat and are full of vitamins C and A. However, the seeds and pit can cause intestinal blockage leading to various digestive problems. The seeds and pit aren't toxic, and they must be removed if you feed your dog a persimmon.

Zineb Kirchenmaier

Pundit

Are persimmons good for you?

Persimmons are sweet, versatile fruits full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and beneficial plant compounds. What's more, they may promote heart health, reduce inflammation, support healthy vision and keep your digestive system healthy. Plus, they are tasty and pair well with many foods.

Ivona Cebola

Teacher

How big do persimmon trees get?

American persimmon trees can grow up to 60 feet tall with a 25 to 30 foot spread. Often used in landscapes as an ornamental tree, they do produce edible fruit. The flowers are white to yellow and generally appear in march.

Caridad Leche

Teacher

Can you propagate persimmon trees from cuttings?

Use sharp pruning shears or a clean sharp knife to cut a 5- to 6-inch stem from the persimmon tree in autumn, before the first frost. In general, the cuttings should be taken from firm, semi-hardwood or hardwood stems since softwood dries out much faster and may not perform well during the rooting process.

Jayna Stinglwagner

Teacher

How does a persimmon predict the weather?

According to folklore, if you crack open a persimmon seed from a ripe fruit and look at the shape inside (called a cotyledon), it can forecast the winter weather: Fork shape = winter will be mild; Spoon shape = there will be a lot of snow; Knife shape = winter will be bitingly cold that “cuts like a knife.”

Hakim Schochle

Teacher

What does a persimmon taste like?

What Do Persimmons Taste Like? A good persimmon at its peak will taste sweet, mild, and rich. Many people have described its flavor as “honey-like.” Its texture is similar to that of an apricot and its skin is a bit tougher than an apple's.

Moshe Jiritsky

Reviewer

What is the season for persimmons?

In Season: Persimmons. In season October through February, persimmons are the golden delicious fruits that hang off the trees after the leaves drop in autumn. Often referred to as "the fruit of the Gods," persimmon trees can reach up to 70 feet in height.

Alesya Schofield

Reviewer

Where do Fuyu persimmons grow?

The fuyu persimmon (Diospyros kaki 'Fuyu') is an Asian cultivar that makes an attractive landscape tree or focal point of a home garden in Sunset Growing Zones 8, 9 and 14 through 17. American persimmon varieties yield larger, more astringent persimmons, while Asian varieties are smaller and sweeter.

Isidra Sigmond

Reviewer

Can persimmons be poisonous?

Unlike peach and plum seeds, which contain cyanide, the seeds of the persimmon are not poisonous. They can cause inflammation of the small intestine, however, and can cause blockages.

Yumalai Batuca

Reviewer

Can you eat a persimmon with yogurt?

“Don't eat them with milk or yogurt because you can die”. “Yesterday on tv there were some news about two children who ate persimmon after eating a yogurt and they both died because those two foods together form a solid ball in your stomach and it kills you”.