Maru persimmon is a unique variety that produces round tomato shaped fruit that will either be astringent and need to be soft to be sweet and edible, or non-astringent if it has been pollinated by another persimmon tree. It is often mistakenly called Chocolate due to the fact that it produces fruits with a brown flesh similar to chocolate, but only when they have been pollinated. Fruits are extremely sweet and also make a unique and tasty dehydrated fruit.
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.
Rootstock Description: Diospyros lotus
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