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Diospyros kaki 'Jiro' (Japanese Persimmon)

Japanese Persimmon 'Jiro', Chinese Date Plum 'Jiro', Chinese Persimmon 'Jiro', Oriental Persimmon 'Jiro', Kaki 'Jiro'


One of the most cold-hardy kaki varieties, Diospyros kaki 'Jiro' (Japanese Persimmon) is a deciduous tree with a spreading crown clothed in glossy, dark green, oval leaves. They turn yellow, orange or reddish-purple in the fall, creating a glorious display. Pale yellow, bell-shaped flowers appear after the leaves emerge in the spring and mostly go unnoticed. They are followed by a profusion of edible, medium to large, round, yellow to orange persimmon fruits. Jiro sets fruit without the need for pollination but planting two cultivars is recommended to ensure a bountiful crop. The tree is a sight to behold when the leaves have fallen, displaying the bright fruits throughout the canopy. They attract wildlife and may persist on the tree for weeks, resembling Christmas ornaments. Non astringent, the fruit is seedless, mild flavored, sweet and can be eaten in its firm state like an apple or allowed to ripen to soft, mushy texture. Valued for its fruit and attraction to wildlife, Japanese Persimmon is an excellent fruit tree for ornamental use and makes an excellent specimen.

  • Grows up to 12-15 ft. tall and wide (3-5 m).
  • A full sun lover, this tree is easily grown in deep, fertile, well-drained soils. Moist soil is preferred. Shelter from cold wind and late spring frosts. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Virtually pest and disease free.
  • No routine pruning necessary. Remove diseased, damaged, congested or crossing shoots.
  • Propagate by seed sown as soon as ripe.
  • Promptly remove root suckers unless naturalized effect is desired.
  • Native to China, Japan, Korea.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 7 – 10
Climate Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Fruit, Trees
Plant Family Diospyros - Persimmons
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 12' – 15' (3.6m – 4.5m)
Spread 12' – 15' (3.6m – 4.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 7 – 10
Climate Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Fruit, Trees
Plant Family Diospyros - Persimmons
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 12' – 15' (3.6m – 4.5m)
Spread 12' – 15' (3.6m – 4.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage

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