Advice for the Home Gardener from the
UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County
Client's Request (via Phone): I'm considering giving my father a Fuyu persimmon tree for Christmas. Could you please give me some guidance on what to look for and/or consider when buying a Persimmon tree for a home garden.
MGCC Help Desk Response: It was nice talking with you this morning. What a nice idea to give your father a Fuyu persimmon tree for Christmas! Persimmons are such beautiful trees.
Persimmons are great trees for our backyard orchards. They are mostly disease- and pest-free trees and give good fall color. At the nursery, you might find two different Fuyu persimmons: Fuyu and Giant Fuyu. They are quite similar, but the Giant Fuyu fruit is larger and a bit sweeter, according to the California Rare Fruit Growers. (CRFG) Despite the name, the Giant Fuyu tree won't grow quite as large as the Fuyu, possibly making this a better choice for a home garden. See more information about persimmons from the CRFG: https://www.crfg.org/pubs/ff/persimmon.html. CRFG is also a great source for information on growing “rare” fruit in our gardens.
Please let us know if you have any more questions.
Help Desk of the UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County (SEH)
Note: MGCC's Help Desk will be closed Dec 19th, 2016 through Jan 2, 2017. However, the UC Master Gardeners Program of Contra Costa's Help Desk is usually available year-round to answer your gardening questions. Except for a few holidays, we're open every week, Monday through Thursday for walk-ins from 9:00 am to Noon at 75 Santa Barbara Road, 2d Floor, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523. We can also be reached via telephone: (925) 646-6586, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or on the web at http://ccmg.ucanr.edu/Ask_Us/ MGCC Blogs can be found at http://ccmg.ucanr.edu/HortCoCo/ You can also subscribe to the Blog (http://ucanr.edu/blogs/CCMGBlog/).