Step into the enchanting world of persimmon trees – the versatile gems that can transform any garden into a vibrant haven. As a deciduous tree, the leaves of a persimmon tree turn from blue-green to yellow and orange in the autumn, adding color and beauty to the landscape.
As a lover of persimmons, I find it essential to understand the different types of persimmon trees. One remarkable variety is the American persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) native to the United States.
Another popular persimmon tree type is the Japanese persimmon, also known as Diospyros kaki or Oriental persimmon. If you want to have a taste of the other part of the world, sweet, delicious fruits from this Asian persimmon tree could be the best choice.
Tree Size and Growth
From both my experience and observation, the size of a persimmon tree varies depending on the species. The American persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) typically grows up to 10 meters (33 feet) in height.
As for the flowers, persimmon trees are dioecious in nature, which means there are separate male and female trees. The flowers can be white to greenish-white and have a shape similar to blueberry flowers.
Persimmons have a preference for full sun, they’re practically sun worshippers. I make sure they’re basking in bright sunlight all day long, although they’re cool with a bit of afternoon shade if they need a breather.
Maintaining consistent moisture levels in the soil is essential for my persimmon trees. Now, don’t get me wrong, these trees are like the cool kids who can handle a bit of drought once they’re all grown up.
When it comes to pollination, persimmon trees typically flower in late spring, usually around May to June. I have observed that some varieties are self-pollinating, while others require cross-pollination.