[NAFEX] Persimmons

Michael Nave jmichaelnave at yahoo.com
Sun Apr 15 11:06:11 EDT 2007

Almost all American persimmons are astringent until
soft. Asian persimmons can be either astringent until
soft or non astringent. The non astringent types can
be eaten fresh off the tree like an apple, except most
people don't eat the skin.

The Americans are very cold hardy but you need more
than one tree because most trees are either male or
female. The Asian trees are self pollinating but only
reliably hardy down to zone 7. 

There are some Korean varieties that are hardy down to
zone 6. There are also some Asian x American hybrids
that are cold hardy down to at least zone 6 but I
don't know whether they self pollinate:


If you remind me in September/October I'll be glad to
send you some Asian persimmons. I have two trees that
produce an abundance of fruit.

--- "William C. Garthright" <billg at inebraska.com>

> Recently, there's been some talk on the list about
> persimmons - oriental 
> vs American, astringent vs non-astringent. I've
> never even seen a 
> persimmon, and I have no idea what they taste like.
> Anyone care to fill 
> me in? Are they good for fresh eating, right off the
> tree?
> I've seen in catalogs American persimmons that are
> supposed to be hardy 
> to zone 5, or even zone 4, but not the oriental
> persimmons, I believe. 
> And some say they're self-pollinating (I'm not sure
> I'd want to plant 
> two, since I'm running out of room). But I'm not
> sure if they'd put up 
> with our Nebraska climate. Or really be worth the
> space for my purposes.
> Thanks,
> Bill
> Lincoln, NE (zone 5)
> -- 
> A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence. -
> David Hume
> _______________________________________________

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