ASIAN PERSIMMON or KAKI
ASIAN or KAKI persimmon are the most popular fruit in the warmer climates of China, Israel, Italy, etc..Some can be eaten unripe and crunchy( FUYA types) while others are eaten only when soft and fully ripened to remove astringency (like Hachiyama). Our Asian persimmon trees below are all grafted trees and usually bear fruit in two years.
FUYA(JIRO) is an Asian variety with very sweet and flavourful orange fruit that can be eaten without "softening". Fuya is equally delicious if eaten when firm or left to further ripen(soften) which concentrates its flavour. The fruit can be dried or frozen for winter use. The tree is spectacular in fall when the bright orange fruit hang on bare branches. Fuya trees can survive freezing temperatures down to about -15 C so can be grown outdoors in the warmer areas of Canada(zones 6-9) or grow them as a potted tree in colder climates like Zone 5 and colder.......and then bring indoors for winter into a cool basement, garage or barn.
HACHIYAMA is an Asian persimmon variety that ripens earlier than all others we have tested. The fruit must be left to ripen(soften) fully to remove the astringency and the soft flesh then becomes deliciously sweet and tasty. These varieties are hardy to about -20 C so plant only in warmer climate zones 6 to 9.... unless protected to moderate the winter cold found in colder zones 2-5. Other option is to bring the persimmon trees into a cool indoor space for winter once they drop their leaves. Both Fuya and Hachiyama are said to be self-fruitful and will give seedless fruit if not cross-pollinated. Let us know which variety you want when ordering an Asian persimmon.
ASIAN PERSIMMON (grafted tree).......$145