LOWDER FARM  & NURSERY
15251 NW Hwy 129. Trenton, FL 32693

All About Our Persimmons

ORIENTAL PERSIMMONS

(Diospyros kaki Linn)

Tree Oriental persimmons prefer moderate winters and relatively mild summers -- suitable for growing in Hardiness Zones 7 to 9. This persimmon tree is a handsome ornamental with large leaves and can turn dramatic shades of yellow, orange and red in the fall. Oriental Persimmons are deciduous trees and perform best in full sun with well drained, slightly acidic soil. They can grow up to 25 feet tall if not pruned.

These persimmons are often called Kaki or Asian Persimmons and have been grown in Japan and mainland Asia for centuries where they are enjoyed as we do apples. They were brought to the southern US in the 1870's. Oriental Persimmons have two classes: those that bear astringent fruit and cannot be eaten until soft ripe and those that bear non astringent fruit that can be eaten hard and crisp or soft. Click here for growing tips.

Fruit
The native American persimmon (Diospyros Virginiana L) grows naturally in most of the east, southeast and midwest of the US. It can grow to 100' tall though 50' is usual. The fruit has been used bythe Indians, American settlers and wildlife for food. The seeds have been dried, ground and used as a coffee substitute.

We use the native American persimmon for rootstock for the Oriental persimmon trees. Seeds are planted from the native fruit and trees grown for about a year before grafting the Oriental tree on to it. At the end of two years the Oriental persimmon trees are ready for sale. Click here for details.

Nursery Grafting is done in our own orchard by us to ensure proper identification of the trees we sell.

Our trees are field grown so they will be use to the environment they are placed in. They are hand dug to ensure enough good quality roots to give the tree a good start in its new home. We also pot a few when they are ready for our customers who like them in containers.

We provide growing information and will be here for you if you have questions in the future.



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