Persimmon, Asian (Diospyros kaki)
Full sun to half shade. Zone 6b, with proper siting, to Zone 9.
Can handle a wide range of soils, but good drainage is a must.
Small tree – size depends on variety
Forms an umbrella canopy without pruning. Fall colors are dramatic red and gold.
Astringent varieties have a soft fruit with a distinct, sweet taste; non-astringent varieties can be eaten while firm.
‘Nikita’s Gift’ – From the Nikita Botanic Garden in Yalta, Ukraine, this hybrid of Asian and American Persimmon bears bountiful crops of sweet and flavorful, reddish-orange fruit followed by strikingly beautiful, orange-yellow fall foliage. Nikita’s Gift is ready to eat when soft and tender like a ripe tomato. Cold hardy to zone 5.
$39 / 5 gal.