Fuyu Persimmon Tree – Non Astringent Kaki Persimmon
Fuyu (Wealthy) Pollination-constant, non-astringent. Medium-large; rounding slightly oblong, skin deep orange to orange-red. Fuyu was introduced to U.S. in 1910 from Japan, where it originated in Gifu prefecture in 1902.
At an early stage of ripeness, Fuyus are pale yellow and crunchy-hard, like a firm apple, with a mild pumpkin flavor. It’s when they turn deep orange and are still firm that they have this wonderful melting soft texture that has made them the standard in the overseas fresh market trade. Fuyu can be seedless or have a few seeds.
The Confusion of the Naming of Fuyu persimmons.
There is much confusion in the nursery trade on the naming of the Fuyu persimmon trees. The true Fuyu is incompatible with lotus persimmon (Diospyros lotus) the rootstock preferred by west coast nurseries. As a result some California nurseries began offering Jiro persimmon trees renamed as Fuyu. Jiro grows well on lotus and is similar to Fuyu, but flatter and squarer, and has faint lines running down the middle of the sides.
Fuyu persimmon tree is a small grower 10 to 15 foot in height. The fruit can begin to be harvested as soon as the color comes up, usually around late October but will continue to ripen through December. Fruit can remain on the tree for as long as two months. Zones 7-9.