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Fuyu trees are a Japanese variety of persimmon trees. They not only grow persimmon fruits that can be harvested each year in the fall, but they also bloom yellow flowers each spring. Fuyu trees are suited for United States Department of Agriculture hardiness zones five through eight and are best planted in the winter during their dormant stage.
Choose a location. Persimmon fuyu trees will thrive in full sun but can tolerate some shade. Keep in mind that the tree can grow up to 40 feet tall and 40 feet wide, but 25 feet is more normal.
Adjust the soil, if necessary. Sandy soil is not suitable for fuyu trees, but almost all other soils are fine, as long as they're well-draining. Add compost or peat moss if needed. In addition, check the soil's pH level. Fuyu trees prefer a pH level 6 and 6.5. Add sulfur to lower pH and lime to raise pH, as necessary. Follow the dosing instructions based on your soil's current pH condition and how much you need to raise or lower it.
Dig a hole that is twice as wide and a foot deeper as the container or bundled root ball. Place the tree in the center of the hole. Have a second person help you so one person can hold it perfectly straight while the other backfills the soil. First, check the previous soil line on the trunk of the tree. You should only plant it an inch deeper than this. If needed take the tree out and backfill your hole a bit. Place it back in the hole and backfill your soil half way. Add water and pat it down firmly. Fill the soil the rest of the way, water and pat it down again. Be sure there are no air pockets, which may cause root rot.
Add three inches of mulch to the planting site. This will help retain water and prevent weeds and grass from invading its space, taking essential water and nutrients.
Supplement rainfall for the first growing season after planting by watering your tree a couple extra inches of water a week. Wait to fertilize your tree until the first February or March (just as the new shoots emerge) with a fertilizer labeled 16-16-16 or 10-20-20. This will need to be repeated each year. Be sure to follow dosing instructions as each fertilizer brand has different potencies and release rates.