Thursday, October 23, 2008

A Japanese persimmon

We brought one tree to Clemson from our first house - a Japanese persimmon. I had admired several local Japanese persimmon trees, and had planted one.

It struggled for years after its change in circumstances, but has done remarkably well since. This year's crop of persimmons looks good, in spite of our drought (uh, I did water the persimmon every once and awhile).

5 comments:

  1. We're all the way after being transplanted to new soil: I know it took me a couple of years to feel at home after first moving to Florida. Good to know I have company with the trees!

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  2. This is a lovely little tree -- are you able to eat the fruit?

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  3. I have come to assume it will take a good three years for a new tree or shrub to 'take off'. Like you, I do baby them a bit (other than perhaps not making that hole quite as big as I should have...), but past that I just wait. It's wild how, not until year three, do I finally determine success.

    How big IS that tree?

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  4. Japanese (and American) persimmons are delicious, when ripe! They have to soften and become squishy inside, basically. Then, they're sweet and delicious.

    Our tree is small -- they can get much bigger, but I think the transplanting definitely set it back, and the climate here isn't as suitable as it was in Southeast Georgia.

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  5. My Japanese persimmon is (barely) 4-5 ft. tall now - being transplanted, and subjected to freezes and drought, have definitely kept it smaller than those I saw in SE Georgia years ago.

    But, I do think the rule of thumb is at least 2 or 3 years for a shrub or tree to be established.

    Nancy,
    I like persimmons fresh (when ripe), but my gardening companion (aka my spouse) LOVES persimmon bread, basically a persimmon version of pumpkin bread.

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