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Q.How Do I Get Fruit From My Persimmon Tree?

Zone 10310 | Anonymous added on March 19, 2022 | Answered

I’ve had my persimmon tree for a long time. Never seen flowers only green leaves. It’s planted in a sunny part of my yard. I started it as a seed in a pot. Now it’s grown to an easy 6 feet tall, but no fruit. How do I know if this is a female or male plant? And what do I need to do to get it to start giving fruit? Being winter there are no leaves currently on the tree.

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Answered on March 20, 2022

Well, you have more waiting to do. A native persimmon doesn't bloom for several years and may not bear fruit for 10 years. If you happen to have an oriental persimmon, it blooms/fruits a little sooner (and is self fruitful).

If you have the native tree, it requires male and female trees to get fruit. If a close neighbor has persimmon trees you may get by without more trees.

You can tell male and females apart when they bloom. The smaller, male flowers are borne in clusters, while the larger, female flowers are borne singly.


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