Planting Fuyu

Overview

The fuyu tree produces fruit from the persimmon family. The sweet, nutritious fruit is very hardy and is not astringent like many other types of persimmons. For these reasons, it has become quite popular in the United States since it was brought from Asia and introduced to the country in the early 1900s. Often called the Japanese persimmon, the fuyu tree is striking in that the fruit remains on the tree after the leaves have fallen. Plant a fuyu in your own garden and enjoy the fruit straight off of the tree.

Step 1

Choose the right location. Fuyu trees thrive in warm temperatures and grow best in USDA zones 7 through 10. Plant them in an area that receives around 6 hours of full sunlight daily.

Step 2

Prepare the soil. Fuyu trees need well-drained soil, as standing water can cause the persimmons to drop before they fully ripen. If your soil is heavy (such as clay soil), lay down an inch or two of sand on the ground, then work it into the soil with a shovel or even a rotary tiller if you have a large area. The sand will loosen the soil and help it drain easier.

Step 3

Dig a hole as wide and deep as the root ball of the fuyu tree. Gently place the tree in the hole and fill in the soil. Add a layer of mulch around the base of the tree and water immediately. Keep the soil moist through the tree's first growing season, but not so moist that standing water develops.

Step 4

Stake the tree if you live in a high-wind area. The trees are rather small and fragile as saplings. Secure a wooden or bamboo stake into the ground next to the tree and attach it to the tree with twine or string.

References

  • California Rare Fruit Growers: Fuyu Persimmon Facts

Who Can Help

  • University of Hawaii: Persimmon General Information
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