Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Persimmon Trees Make a Wonderful Addition to the Landscape or Home Orchard

Native or Oriental, Astringent or nonastringent; there is a lot to learn about persimmon trees.

Several years ago, I discovered a pair of persimmon trees growing on my property. It was fall and their leaves had nearly all dropped but suspended on their branches were plum-sized orange fruits. Having never seen a persimmon tree before, I was intrigued and investigated. This is what I’ve learned about persimmon trees.

The fruits of the persimmon tree are classified as berries. The trees can reach up to 40 feet in height, depending on the variety, and turn varying shades of red in the fall. The fruits, orange orbs that range from plum-sized to peach-sized depending on variety, ripen in the late fall, after the leaves have dropped. Both the leaves and the fruit and bursts of color perfect for autumn scenery.

Persimmon trees can be broken into several categories. They can either be native-growing or Oriental. They can also be classified as astringent or non astringent. Let’s look at these categories more closely. Read More

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