One of the oldest plants in cultivation, Japanese Persimmon has been grown for its fruit for over two thousand years in Asia. The fruit might be familiar to some as the “Sharon Fruit” found in many grocery-store produce areas. There are male and female trees and it is best to plant one of each to insure good pollination and fruit development. The female plant will still produce fruit, but there’s the chance it won’t be as large or develop good flavor without proper pollination. Persimmons can be bitter if not allowed to fully ripen. The best indicator that fruits are ripe is when the leaves start to drop in autumn and the fruits are quite soft.
A beautiful and useful specimen for large borders or foundation planting. The edible fruits are delicious eaten fresh or used in desserts, jams and preserves.