A hard to find Asian Persimmon, Chocolate Persimmon, also known as Maru, is a very unique Persimmon that when ripe has brown flesh that is very sweet. Chocolate Persimmon is an astringent variety so you have to wait for it to go soft before enjoying.
Check out this wonderful article, Tracking The Elusive ‘Chocolate’ Persimmon, written by Rachael Myrow for NPR.
Probably the most widely planted fruit tree in the world, Persimmons are found throughout Asia in almost every yard and orchard. Large, bright orange, Asian Persimmon features yellow, orange and scarlet fall color and their striking fruits remain on the tree long after leaf fall. Hardy to 0 degrees F., Asian Persimmons are easy to grow in the Northwest and other regions of the U.S. with mild winters. Naturally compact trees, Asian Persimmons rarely exceed 12ft. in height. Asian Persimmon is not bothered by pests or disease and likes half day to full sun and well-drained soil. Our varieties are self-fertile and hardy to USDA Zone 7. They begin bearing 2-3 years after planting and the fruit ripens in October.
Latin Name: Diospyros kaki
Site and Soil: Asian Persimmon like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile.
Hardiness: Hardy to at least 0°F.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 10-12 ft. in height
Taste: Very sweet
Fruit Flesh: Brown when ripe
Bloom Time: June
Ripening Time: October
Yield: 50+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: With proper care and placement Persimmon trees are not bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 7-10