Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Diospyros kaki - Japanese Persimmon
Diospyros kaki: Diospyros from Greek dios meaning 'divine' and pyros meaning 'wheat', so named for this tree's edible fruit; kaki from the Japanese name for this plant kaki-no-ki.
Upright, often wide-spreading habit Somewhat large ovate leaves lend a coarse texture. Small (3/4") white to yellow flowers. The calyx will harden into a brown 'wood rose' as seen on top of the fruit. Bright orange fruit is the persimmon of commerce. Hachiya variety is pictured. Exellent yellow-orange-red fall color. Fruit persists after leaf drop in fall. Gray bark is furrowed and checkered.