[NAFEX] Tall persimmons
lreich at hvc.rr.com
Sat Jan 9 09:09:03 EST 2010
I've grown American persimmon cultivars here in Zone 5 in the Hudson
Valley for about 20 years and almost always harvest nice crops. I
recommend Szukis as the best for flavor and hardiness, and just about
as good are Mohler, Dooley, and Yates. Meader never tastes that good
to me, Pieper never ripened, and Prok just barely ripens but remains
somewhat astringent and bland.
Lee Reich, PhD
Books by Lee Reich:
A Northeast Gardener's Year
The Pruning Book
Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden
Landscaping with Fruit
On Jan 8, 2010, at 3:15 PM, Melissa Kacalanos wrote:
> I probably just need someone to talk me out of this, but y'all got
> me thinking about persimmons again. Is it possible to grow them in
> zone 5a, upstate NY? I know the American species is hardy to this
> zone, but do the fruit have enough heat and time to mature here? How
> about this Rosseyanka hybrid?
> I saw a kaki tree in Switzerland in December that looked ridiculous,
> it had so many gaudy orange fruit on it. It made me think that a
> persimmon might be worth planting just as an ornamental.
> Enjoying the smell of candying citrus peel on the stove, and looking
> out at the snow.
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