The Fuyu Japanese Persimmon, otherwise known as the Diospyros Kaki ‘Fuyu’ (Jiro Type) or Japanese Persimmon ‘Fuyu’, Chinese Date Plum ‘Fuyu’, Chinese Persimmon ‘Fuyu’, Oriental Persimmon ‘Fuyu’, Kaki ‘Fuyu’, is a rather well known tree plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.
Best known for its low maintenance and moderate growth, this tree will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its green colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.
Fortunately, this is exactly what we’ll cover in this Fuyu Japanese Persimmon Care Guide. So let’s dive in.
The fundamental caring guidelines for every Fuyu Japanese Persimmon can be summed up into the following:
- Water: The Fuyu Japanese Persimmon needs water once a week but more often in dry weather. Reduce watering when it’s established.
- Light: Keep your Diospyros Kaki ‘Fuyu’ (Jiro Type) in an environment where it can receive full sun on a daily basis.
- Soil: Make sure to keep the Fuyu Japanese Persimmon in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of loam.
And that’s practically it! If you keep these three factors in check, your Fuyu Japanese Persimmon will likely have all it needs for it to survive and even thrive.
Scientific / Botanical Aspects
In botanical terms, the Fuyu Japanese Persimmon belongs to the Ebenaceae family, the genus Diospyros and the species Kaki, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Diospyros Kaki ‘Fuyu’ (Jiro Type) (di-OS-pi-ros kak-EYE).
As with other Diospyros’s, the Fuyu Japanese Persimmon is a deciduous plant, which means it will shed its leaves annually once autumn comes.
As a rule of thumb, we recommend to always keep in mind your plants’ native region and environment, since these are the conditions that your Fuyu Japanese Persimmon is most accustomed to, thus where it can most favorably.
With this in mind, the Diospyros Kaki ‘Fuyu’ (Jiro Type) will be most used to the heat zones in the 7 – 10 region, as the plant hardiness level falls between 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a and the ideal climate zone is between 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1.
Growth and Size
In terms of size and growth, the Fuyu Japanese Persimmon is a relatively moderate grower, which makes things somewhat easy for any plant enthusiast.
But what exactly does this mean for your Fuyu Japanese Persimmon? How large a pot should you consider, how tall, how wide can it get? Let’s jump in…
The Diospyros Kaki ‘Fuyu’ (Jiro Type) can grow up to 20′ – 30′ (6m – 9m) in 20′ – 30′ (6m – 9m) and 20′ – 30′ (6m – 9m) in 20′ – 30′ (6m – 9m).
In terms of watering, the Fuyu Japanese Persimmon is a fairly simple plant to take care of.
This is mostly because it has a straightforward watering schedule and somewhat regular watering needs.
Specifically, most experts agree that the Diospyros Kaki ‘Fuyu’ (Jiro Type) needs water once a week but more often in dry weather. Reduce watering when it’s established.
Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively average needs in terms of water.
As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Fuyu Japanese Persimmon in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive.
When you consider this, this is why you should aim to choose soil that has good drainage properties to keep the right moisture levels at all times.
But, if you want a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to watering your Fuyu Japanese Persimmon then you should consider the famous ‘finger’ test. To perform this test, you just need to put your finger in your plant’s soil and determine if it’s moist or not. If it is, then don’t water; if it isn’t, then please do. In any case, this test will allow you to know if your Fuyu Japanese Persimmon needs or does not need water, every time.
As mentioned earlier, the Fuyu Japanese Persimmon prefers to have soil with good drainage properties at all times, reason why you need to make the soil mix out of loam.
This is why most experts agree that the Fuyu Japanese Persimmon requires soil with loam (silt), and sand, which will give you the right conditions it needs.
In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably alkaline, acid or neutral soil.
Light and Exposure
In terms of light & exposure, the Fuyu Japanese Persimmon requires full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions.
Most experts agree that this tree will do well as long as you keep it in full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.
Specifically, we recommend that you place your Diospyros Kaki ‘Fuyu’ (Jiro Type) in full and direct sun (more than 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).
Being a deciduous plant, the Fuyu Japanese Persimmon will shed its leaves annually once autumn comes.
But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the spring (mid, late), the summer (early, mid, late), the fall, and during the winter.
You can expect your Fuyu Japanese Persimmon to flower around the spring months from April to June (spring).
The Fuyu Japanese Persimmon produces some beautiful yellow, or gold/yellow, cream/tan and pink flowers around this time of year.
The leaves from the Fuyu Japanese Persimmon have a beautiful green color during most of the year.
In particular, they have a simple arrangement in its leaves.
You can expect the leaves from your Diospyros Kaki ‘Fuyu’ (Jiro Type) to be around (3-6 inches) in size.
Attracts, Tolerance and Resistance
The Fuyu Japanese Persimmon is well known for being able to attract birds, so keep that in mind when choosing your plant, as you’ll likely end up finding one or another in your garden.
Additionally, it has a special tolerance for drought conditions, so don’t worry if any of these come along, your Diospyros Kaki ‘Fuyu’ (Jiro Type) will be fine.
How should you then organize your garden to include your new Fuyu Japanese Persimmon? Here are some recommendations by expert gardeners.
Most Diospyros Kaki ‘Fuyu’ (Jiro Type) owners agree that this tree will look great in most asian/zen and rustic gardens of all types.
Other owners consider that they complement well most gardens of city and courtyard, and in informal and cottage styles.
In particular, the Fuyu Japanese Persimmon’s best location within your garden is in wall-side borders, others use it for landscaping in a kitchen garden, privacy screen, espalier, mass planting, or a specimen.
Fuyu Japanese Persimmon’s do well with some other plants beside it. One good companion plant is the Clematis armandii, which will pair up nicely with your leafy friend.
Others consider that a nice Lavandula will work well too, so choose whichever you find works best for you!
So that’s it! These are the main plant care requirements that you need to keep in mind in order to have a healthy Fuyu Japanese Persimmon in your garden or home.