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  • From: Elizabeth Hilborn <>
  • To: mailing list at ibiblio - Northamerican Allied Fruit Experimenters <>
  • Subject: Re: [nafex] Any tricks to ID female persimmon seedlings?
  • Date: Sat, 02 May 2015 00:01:01 -0400

Thank you Lawrence. I was trying to find a method to ID sex before they first flowered at year 6 or so...

Thank you also for the search info.


On 5/1/2015 8:24 PM, Lawrence London wrote:
I found this with a Google search on sexing seedling persimmons:

A good pdf on growing persimmons
PDF]Persimmons - Purdue
persimmons: Germinating seeds, grafting, and transplanting

Sex Among the Persimmons

How to Tell the Sex of a Persimmon Tree by Athena Hessong, Demand Media

Look at 1-year-old growth on the persimmon tree in March, and find its
inconspicuous flowers.

Find groups of three flowers together to identify male blossoms, which have
a pink tinge. A persimmon tree with a large percentage of male flowers is

Identify female flowers as those that grow alone and have an off-white or
cream color. A majority of these kinds of flowers on the tree mean the tree
is female.

Spot rare, perfect flowers on the persimmon tree by finding flowers that
each has a large ovary at its base and more than eight stamen in the
flower's center. Perfect flowers blend aspects of male and female flowers.
These types of flowers can occur on either male or female trees.

Repeat identifying the tree's sex the following year to learn whether or
not the tree changes the sex of flowers it bears.

On Fri, May 1, 2015 at 5:50 PM, Elizabeth Hilborn <>

Hi folks,
I just planted many of the seeds collected from my Yates persimmon last
fall. Is there anyway to ID females before I have to set them out in their
permanent site?

I tried to search my NAFEX posts as I seem to remember someone (was it
Jerry?) mentioning that males are the more vigorous seedlings. Is that
actionable knowledge, or has it been disproven?

Betsy Hilborn
7a NC

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