Persimmon

Diospyros kaki | Also known as: Japanese persimmon, Oriental persimmon, Kaki, Chinese persimmon | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Chinese Persimmon. I call mine Simon.

Diospyros kaki, or the Chinese Persimmon, is a hardy tree that is well suited to growing in the UK. It’s a deciduous tree that sports large, glossy dark green leaves that turn shades of orange, red and purple during the autumn. This makes for a wonderful visual display. In addition, in the summer months it becomes covered with tiny, white/yellow flowers that then give way to yellow or orange fruits that are edible. It does like full sunlight, and the best blooms and fruits are seen during especially hot summers.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 6.5 - 10
Spread [m]
  • 5 - 10
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Orange
Propagation methods
  • grafting
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Spreading
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z7-10
Heat zone
  • H9-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -18 - 4
Heat days
  • 0 - 150
Moisture
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
Exposure
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Fruits & nuts
  • Fruits
Grown for
  • Edible fruit
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Show-offs
  • Outdoor food
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Kitchen garden
Garden spaces
  • Walls, trellises and pergolas
  • Specimen
Gardening expertise
  • intermediate
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years