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

Diospyros kaki

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


Edible Fruits and Nuts

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Green

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring




Good Fall Color

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

By grafting

By budding

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Arlington, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 24, 2004, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

In great contrast to the American persimmon Diospyros virginiana which has never advanced beyond the status of a minor fruit, the Oriental member of the family Ebenaceae, D. kaki, is prominent in horticulture.
The Oriental persimmon is native to Japan, China, Burma, the Himalayas and northern India, to name a few. Early in the 14th century, Marco Polo recorded the Chinese trade in persimmons. Seeds first reached the United States in 1856 when they were sent from Japan by Commodore Perry. Grafted trees were imported in 1870 by U.S. Department of Agriculture.


On Nov 10, 2004, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

We have had this tree for 30 years and still produces bumper crops.
This year was amazing, had to thin out the fruit to keep branches from breaking. The tree is about 35 feet tall and we are not able to pick all the fruit because it is too high, but the birds love what we leave for them, especially the Mockingbirds and the Cedar Waxwings that come in big flocks every Fall to eat the fruit.
This tree has also given us many friends ans aquaintances. We live on a corner lot and the tree sits up front on the corner, so we have many passerby stop and talk to us about the fruit, which we are allways happy to share. I must say this tree has given us the most enjoyment.