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Diospyros kaki 'Fuyu'

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

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
By grafting
By budding

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive robbdogr On Aug 14, 2009, robbdogr from Long Beach, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I grow "Giant Fuyu." Really large fruit, almost softball size sometimes. Started producing two years after planting from a 5 gallon can. The taste is okay, but not great. We have had it about 5 years.

I would say the taste and texture of the neighbor's "Fuyu" (not Giant...) is superior to "Giant Fuyu." To get a sweet taste it has to soften more than Fuyu. My kids prefer the neighbor's variety with a crisp apple like texture and lightly sweet taste. I may take my tree out and plant the basic Fuyu.

The neighbors tree produces hundreds of fruit in October and has beautiful fall foliage. Highly recommend Fuyu for SoCal.

Positive hk1972 On Apr 3, 2009, hk1972 from Henderson, NV wrote:

If you're looking for small pumpkin-like fruits with beautiful large, orange-color leaves in the fall, this is it. We live in Henderson, NV (zone 9a) and have had much success with the persimmon tree.

Tastes like a very sweet, but harder cantaloupe. Just not as juicy. For my toddler son, he keeps coming back for more. You just need to cut off the stem and skin, then into wedges. No seeds in ours. Our tree yields about 300 fruits, and will be increasing as the years go by. This tree loves water. In fact, I'm glad the irrigation line broke and that my husband has not had the time to fix the leak.

Early in the growing season, I wrap my fruits individually, or in clusters, with net fabric that you can find at the fabric stores. Then, I use twine to tie them with. This allows the fruits to be tree-ripened and grow their biggest without being devoured by birds. I am all for feeding the animals, but I love my persimmons more. Besides, plenty of fruit for them up top where I can't reach anyway.

Once harvested, usually right before the first frost in late October through the end of November, these fuyus can be kept in the refrigerator for about 3-4 months, if you don't eat them all before then. Just remember not to pile them more than 2 layers high, and to place them upside down, with the leave/stems on the bottom.

Requirements: Needs plenty of water, spacing, little pruning, a good amount of morning and afternoon sun, a cold winter, and room for storage (if you don't have enough family and friends asking for more).

Positive angel8 On Jun 26, 2006, angel8 from San Antonio, TX wrote:

make sure you plant this fruit tree in part shade, this young tree is barely making it in this high temp and humitidy here in san antonio.

Positive punaheledp On Nov 8, 2004, punaheledp from Kailua, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

I had always thought persimmons were pretty nasty til my son was given a "fuyu" and talked me into trying it. WONDERFUL fruit. Recommend eating when fruit is still very firm, we don't peel it.

Positive soilsandup On Oct 28, 2004, soilsandup from Sacramento, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

A bumper crop of fruit this year - really nice sized ones too. Must number in the hundreds this year. I keep it trimmed to about 8 feet tall so that I can reach the fruits - resulting in a more shrub-shaped plant than a tree. I am amazed that many people have never eaten a persimmon before. What I do now is to peel and cut one so that the person I am giving them to can try them on the spot. They are ususally hooked.

Positive foodiesleuth On Jun 19, 2004, foodiesleuth from Honomu, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

A friend in our village has one of these persimmons in his yard. The fruit are wonderful and I look forward to a bag of it each year as a gift from him.

I use them in all kinds of different recipes....including adding one to a salsa once....delicious!

Positive patp On Jun 18, 2004, patp from Summerville, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I purchased a young tree in early spring and was told by the seller that I'd have fruit this year. Clemson Extension Service website said this tree would grow and bear fruit in our Zone 8a climate, but I won't add my Zip code to the area where the tree grows until it survives its first winter. The fruit is absolutely, positively delicious and sweet, so good it's almost addictive. Be sure to check the Garden Watchdog before purchasing this tree from an on-line nursery.

Edited 6/27/06 to comment that, by golly, the tree did bear fruit last year and is again loaded with fruit this year. My Fuyu fruit isn't as sweet as fruit I've purchased that was grown in Israel but I still enjoyed it. This year, I'll leave the fruit on the tree for a longer period of time than last year when I picked it early (October) to beat the squirrels to it.

Positive trois On Jun 17, 2004, trois from Santa Fe, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is a young plant, but the first year it produced several very delicious fruits. Last year only 2. This year there are about 25. This fruit is similar to a ripe Mango, but sweeter. The flavor is distinctive. My mouth waters thinking ahead to fall.



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

Athens, Alabama
Atmore, Alabama
Pelham, Alabama
Clovis, California
Fair Oaks, California
Granada Hills, California
Long Beach, California
Manhattan Beach, California
Sacramento, California
Salinas, California
Lecanto, Florida
Merritt Island, Florida (2 reports)
Orlando, Florida
Rockledge, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Welaka, Florida
Snellville, Georgia
Honomu, Hawaii
Florence, Mississippi
Pascagoula, Mississippi
Henderson, Nevada
Central Point, Oregon
Lebanon, Oregon
Newberg, Oregon
Summerville, South Carolina
Arlington, Texas
Austin, Texas
Broaddus, Texas
Cibolo, Texas
Irving, Texas
Medina, Texas
Needville, Texas
Plano, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas

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