This plant is suitable for growing indoors or in containers.
The Persimmons are a long lived tree and can live for centuries.
They prefer full sun and fertile, moist, well drained soil. Persimmons have root spread that is often double the width of the crown. Soak the tree once a week if dry.
1 pound per tree of fertilizer per year can be given to a Persimmon for the first 4 years, more than 5 pounds after.
Young trees should be pruned to a single leader and feathered.
Persimmons hate to be transplanted however seedlings are very easy to grow if planted on their permanent site. The deep taproot makes transplanting difficult if the tree is over 2 feet, it may die or grow very poorly if the taproot is broken.
Propagation is from seed though cultivars can also be grown from root cuttings and grafting. Seeds should be soaked overnight in hot water to break dormancy. The seed can either be plants ripe or stratified for 3 months at 40 F.
A small deciduous tree native to Fujiang & Jiangsu Provinces of China, and Japan, reaching up to 13 feet in 15 years, eventually more.
The axilliary flowers are white followed by red fruits. The shoots are light purple and the bark is gray. Hardy north to zone 7.
Info source: RS Landscape Design
Genus - Diospyros
Species - Rhombifolia
Common name - Diamond-leaf Persimmon
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 7 - 11
Height - 3-4.70 m
Spread - 1.80-3 m
Plant type - Small tree or shrub
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Shade
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral
Soil type - Clay, Loam, Well drained
Water requirements - Average Water
Landscape uses - Edible, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
Germination rate - 86%
Bloom season - Summer
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Yellow
|Germination||1. Soak seeds for 24 hours in warm water.|
2. Planting persimmon trees from seed takes a bit of time and patience. Germination of persimmon tree seeds requires a period of consistent cold temperature to bring them out of dormancy, which can be accomplished by using a technique called cold stratification. This is done by simply wrapping the seeds in moist paper towels and refrigerating them in a plastic bag or container for three to four months.
3. Starting your persimmons seeds indoors can be done in late winter or early spring. Be sure to use a deep container for these seeds, as persimmon seedlings develop a very long taproot. The taproot develops long before any growth shows above the soil line and, if your pot isn't deep enough, will push the seed right out of the soil. Place your seeds about two inches below the soil surface, using a well drained potting mixture. Persimmon seeds can take as much as six to eight weeks to germinate, and should be kept moist and warm, between 70 and 85 degrees, throughout the process.
4. Seedlings should be planted outdoors at the end of their first season of growth, as later transplantation can be damaging to the taproot, which can cause the young tree to wither away. Persimmon trees will grow best in a sunny location that is sheltered from heavy winds, and in soil that provides efficient drainage. Be sure to dig planting holes deep enough to accommodate the taproots comfortably, and tamp soil in around the roots gently, removing any air pockets. Water the seedlings after planting, then keep them moist, but not waterlogged throughout the active growth period.
5. Staking or caging your seedlings is recommended, providing support until their roots have grown enough to give your little trees a firm foothold in the garden. Keep the area around your young persimmon trees clear of weeds, eliminating competition for the nutrients needed to get them off to a healthy start. And, have patience, your persimmon trees will need several years of nurturing before they begin to produce their wonderful fruit. (source: ehow.com)