Japanese Persimmon, Oriental Persimmon, Sharon Fruit, Kaki
Diospyros kaki 'Jiro'

Family: Ebenaceae (eb-en-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Diospyros (dy-oh-SPY-ros) (Info)
Species: kaki (KAH-kee) (Info)
Cultivar: Jiro

Category:

Edible Fruits and Nuts

Trees

Height:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pale Green

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Deciduous

Smooth-Textured

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From hardwood cuttings

By grafting

By budding

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Snellville, Georgia

Florence, Mississippi

York, Pennsylvania

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jan 25, 2008, riceke from Snellville, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Grew this plant 5 years. Excellent fruit, no pests other than some birds pecking the fruit. Grew 8-10'. Fruit the size of a medium tomato. Heavy bearing. Lost it this past year due to temp drop late spring -17, followed by extreme drought and heat the rest of the year. Plant was ordered from Stark Nursery.

Positive

On Feb 24, 2007, MrPluot from York, PA wrote:

In Zone 6B, York PA
Inconspicuous yellow flowers late spring
Beautiful large tropical looking glossy leaves
Ripens mid-late fall here with many ornamental bright orange apple size fruit that taste kind of like sweet pumpkin. After orange can be eaten crisp (sweet almost pumpkin pie filling-like) or allowed to soften depending on taste. I personally prefer them crisp.

Note some types of persimmons are astringent until very ripe (American persimmons and some other Asians) but not this variety.

Can be used in breads, cookies, or hot puddings when fully ripe.

Has set reliably after the first 4-5 years. Absolutely pest and disease free without spraying here. I wonderful easy care piece of edible landscaping. Fruit can be picked o... read more