Diospyros kaki – Chinese Persimmon – Ebenaceae (China, Japan)
Habit: Large shrub or small tree, up to 10 m tall, 5-7 m wide, extended, round crown, forming large root balls.
Flowers: Small, pale yellow or yellowish white, bell-shaped, on last year’s wood, male in axial clusters, females separate, up to 3 cm wide, early summer.
Fruit: Like oranges, up to 8 cm wide, yellow, orange and red, large four-part perianth, edible when overripe, tasty, summer to winter.
Leaves: Deciduous, large, oval, ovoid, shiny dark green on top, lighter underneath due to hairs, up to 20 cm long, splendid orange-yellow to orange-red in autumn.
Demands: Full sun, protected, sensitive to late frost, cold house, responds well to cutting.
Natural habitat: Loamy-humic, nutritious, deep well drained soil, little chalk.
Note: Only short lived in pots.
Hardiness: Zone 9