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DIOSPYROS kaki 'Tane-Nashi'

Image of Diospyros kaki 'Tane-Nashi'

Family

Ebenaceae

Botanical Name

DIOSPYROS kaki 'Tane-Nashi'

Plant Common Name

Asian Persimmon, Japanese Persimmon, Kaki, Tane-Nashi Persimmon

General Description

The conical fruits of 'Tane-Nashi' are sweet and astringent, glossy, yellow-orange and ripen early. This vigorous persimmon tree has an upright, rounded habit and bear more heavily in alternate years.

The beautiful small tree has large, glossy, elliptical green leaves that turn lovely shades of orange, yellow and red in fall. The flowers appear in spring. Persimmons are commonly dioecious, which means that some trees only have male flowers while others only have female flowers, though some cultivars like have both. This is vitally important for fruiting because only female-flowered trees produce fruit and male flowers are needed for pollination and fruit-set. The female flowers are small, waxy, ivory and have four petals. Their desirable fruit develops over the season and matures in fall after the leaves drop.

There are many cultivars and their fruits range widely in size, shape, flavor, sweetness and astringency. Most cultivars yield sweet fruits, some with a bitterness that declines with ripening off the tree. After leaf drop, the orange-scarlet fruits hang on the tree into winter, like Christmas ornaments. Harvest the fruits before they turn soft to keep birds from eating them.

The Oriental persimmon grows and fruits best in full sun. With good drainage, it tolerates a wide range of soils. With training, it makes a handsome ornamental tree. Most modern cultivars are self-fertile, but pollination by another tree yields sweeter fruits in greater quantity. Oriental persimmons can be enjoyed in pudding, pies or dried. They are also highly ornamental and add a touch of flare to holiday fruit displays.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 7

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    25'-30' / 7.6m - 9.1m

  • Width

    18'-22' / 5.5m - 6.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Pyramidal

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Light Yellow

  • Fruit Color

    Yellow, Orange

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Burgundy, Orange Red

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Platy

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds