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Japanese Persimmon, Oriental Persimmon, Sharon Fruit, Kaki 'Hachiya'

Diospyros kaki

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


Edible Fruits and Nuts


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


20-30 ft. (6-9 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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:

Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Pale Green

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds


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


Anniston, Alabama

Canoga Park, California

Clovis, California

Davis, California

Ontario, California

San Diego, California (2 reports)

Brunswick, Georgia

Pascagoula, Mississippi

Lebanon, Oregon

Arlington, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 25, 2009, robcorreia from San Diego, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

The Hachiya persimmon is my favorite fruit of all times. They must be really ripe and juicy before you can enjoy the fruit. I grew up eating those in Brazil. I intend to plant one in my backyard, but I don't have much room.
I wonder if they would grow in pots?


On Aug 17, 2006, oceanmystic from San Diego, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I enjoy the flavor and texture of Persimmon fresh, dried, candied and preserved. After seeing beautiful Persimmon trees grown as ornimentals and productive persimmon grown in orchard I decided to give one a try. The tree did not do well for me. Through mishap and circumstance the tree was only slightly larger seven years after planting. I was only able to harvest a few fruit.
After the first flush of growth every spring an unknown insect would vrtually defoliate the tree at night. Physical barriers did not work and my property is pesticide free.
The first spring after moving off the property the occupant killed the tree trying to invigorate it with water and fertilizer.


On Nov 15, 2004, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I have never grown these, but they taste very good and look beautiful hanging on the tree.