How to Plant, Grow, and Care For ‘Fuyu’ Persimmon

‘Fuyu’ Persimmon trees are easy to grow, readily available, and produce an abundance of delicious and nutritious fruits. Have you ever wanted to try growing a fruit tree? This is a great place to start. In this article, gardening enthusiast Liessa Bowen introduces the ‘Fuyu’ persimmon and discusses the proper care and maintenance of one of her favorite fruit trees.

Close-up of Fuyu persimmon tree in a sunny garden against a blue sky. The Fuyu persimmon tree is characterized by its attractive, glossy green foliage and striking orange fruits. The fruits are medium to large in size, round or slightly flattened in shape, and have a smooth, shiny skin.


If you are a fan of sweet, delicious persimmon fruits, you might be very interested to know that you can grow your own! If you live in a warm climate, have a sunny yard, and can provide rich, moist soil, a persimmon tree can be a tremendously rewarding addition to your garden.

The ‘Fuyu’ persimmon (Diospyros kaki) is one of the most popular varieties of Asian persimmon. These trees produce an abundance of fruits that can be eaten fresh, straight off the tree. They also store well for later snacking or use them to make persimmon jams and preserves. A single mature persimmon tree can produce hundreds of fruits each year! 

Persimmons are medium-sized trees native to Asia. These fruit trees are easy to grow in the right conditions and provide year-round interest. Their attractive forms make them pleasing landscaping trees. The fruits are edible, and they have spectacular red-orange fall foliage.

Are you ready to grow your own persimmons? Let’s dig a little deeper into the ‘Fuyu’ persimmon so you’ll know exactly what you need to start your own thriving persimmon tree.

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Close-up of many ripe Fuyu persimmon fruits. Fuyu persimmon fruits are characterized by their medium to large size, round, slightly flattened in shape, with smooth, glossy orange skin.
Plant Type Fruit tree
Family Ebenaceae
Genus Diospyros
Species Kaki ‘Fuyu’
Native Area India, Burma, China and Korea
USDA Hardiness Zone 7 – 10
Sun Exposure Full sun
Soil Type Rich, Well-drained
Watering Requirements Medium
Maintenance Low
Suggested Uses Edible landscape, fruit tree, fall foliage
Height 20 – 30 feet
Bloom Season Spring
Flower Color Creamy white, pink
Attracts Birds
Problems Leaf spot, squirrels, scale, mealybugs
Resistant To Heat, drought
Plant Spacing 20+ feet

Plant Natural History

Close-up of persimmon tree with unripe fruits in the garden. The  tree is characterized by its glossy green foliage and distinctive orange fruit. The leaves are ovate, alternate, and have serrated edges, creating a dense canopy. Unripe Fuyu persimmon fruits are yellow-orange in color and have a slight hint of green.
Delight in the centuries-old sweetness of Asian persimmons.

The Asian persimmon (Diospyros kaki) originated in China, India, and the Indochina region. These trees have been extensively cultivated as a food crop for over two thousand years. Through extensive cultivation and selection, hundreds of Asian persimmon cultivars now exist. 

‘Fuyu’ is one of the most common varieties of Asian persimmon, known for its abundant sweet, non-astringent fruits. These trees are self-fertile and won’t require cross-pollination to set fruits, so unlike many other fruit tree varieties, you can grow plenty of ‘Fuyu’ persimmons with just one plant. Asian persimmon trees start reliably bearing fruits when they are about five years old. 


Close-up of ripe persimmon fruits on a tree in a sunny garden. The tree is characterized by its medium to large, tomato-like shape with a slightly flattened bottom and distinctive deep orange skin.
Experience the majestic cycle of ‘Fuyu’ persimmon trees.

‘Fuyu’ persimmons are deciduous fruit trees. Unless aggressively pruned, they will grow up to about 30 feet tall. These trees develop a single main trunk, splitting into several primary branches with additional fruit-bearing twigs. The fruits form on first and second-year wood. 

Asian persimmon flowers bloom along the smaller, younger branches in late spring. The flowers are creamy-white to very pale pink and measure about 1 cm wide. These small flowers are non-showy, but they will still attract some pollinators.

The ‘Fuyu’ persimmon fruits develop very slowly, appearing shortly after flowering and starting as small, hard, green orbs. They gradually increase in size until they are each about two to three inches across. Asian persimmon fruits stay firm and green throughout the entire summer. By mid-fall, the fruits begin to turn orange. Somewhere around the time of the first frost, often sometime in October, when the fruits become entirely orange, they are finally ready to harvest and eat. 

Persimmon trees develop a deep taproot, helping them withstand brief periods of drought

In the autumn, the semi-glossy leaves turn from green to bright red-orange and make a spectacular autumn display specimen.


Close-up of a gardener's hand holding a plastic translucent pot with planted cuttings for propagation. These cuttings are upright, short, thin branches with smooth reddish-brown bark, planted in sandy soil.
Try your hand at propagating persimmon trees from cuttings!

Would you like to try propagating your persimmon tree? Taking a cutting is the easiest way to grow a new persimmon tree. Not every cutting you take, however, will successfully start a new tree, so try taking a few cuttings in hopes that one develops roots.

Take your cuttings from a smaller branch tip and make them each about six inches long. Use side shoots, root suckers, or recent branch growth. Dip the lower end of your cutting in a rooting hormone and place it into fresh, moist potting soil. Keep your potted cutting warm and moist and in a well-lit location until it starts to develop roots. It will take several weeks for a cutting to start to develop roots. 

You will know that a stem cutting has rooted successfully if it starts to develop fresh leaf growth at the top. Continue to grow your successful cutting (or cuttings) in a warm, moist, protected location until you are ready to transplant them outside in their permanent home.


Transplanting persimmon tree into garden soil. The persimmon tree is characterized by its sturdy trunk, which features smooth, gray-brown bark. The seedling has a root ball removed from the pot. The seedling is placed in a dug hole in the soil in the garden.

Planting a persimmon tree is simple. Early spring or late fall are the best times of year for transplanting fruit trees. If you have a young nursery-grown tree or a potted cutting that’s ready to be transplanted, follow these quick and easy steps.

  • Choose an appropriate location for your tree’s permanent home.
  • Dig a hole slightly deeper and wider than the pot in which your plant is currently growing.
  • Add some nutritious organic compost to the hole to help give your tree a strong start, but don’t add any fertilizers for your new tree.
  • Gently remove your persimmon tree from its pot and transfer it into the hole.
  • Spread out the root mass into a rounded mat, but keep the taproot aiming down.
  • Backfill the hole with soil and tamp it down around the tree.
  • Water your tree well. Give it a thorough watering so the roots can soak up the moisture, not just a light sprinkling on the soil surface.
  • Make sure your tree is placed so the main stem is upright. Correct any leaning tendencies now before the roots start to establish.
  • Keep your newly transplanted tree watered for the first several weeks to help it become well-established.

How to Grow

Asian persimmons are surprisingly easy to grow. As long as you can provide suitable growing conditions, these trees shouldn’t give you any trouble. 


Closeup of a Persimmon tree in sunlight in a garden. The fruit is characterized by its squat, tomato-like shape with a slightly flattened bottom and smooth, glossy orange skin. The leaves are ovate, glossy green, and alternate along the branches, providing a lush backdrop for the fruit.
Ensure persimmons get ample sunlight for optimal growth.

‘Fuyu’ persimmons, like all Asian persimmon cultivars, require full sun. Give them a location with at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. Trees grown with inadequate sunlight will lean towards the available sunlight and have poor fruiting.


Close-up of a ripe persimmon fruit with water drops on the tree. The fruit is round in shape, with a slightly flattened bottom, with smooth orange skin. The leaves are ovate, glossy, dark green with shades of red and orange.
Established persimmon trees require minimal watering, even in dry climates.

Persimmons like moist soil. However, they are tolerant of periodic drought once established. Water your young persimmon tree at least once per week for the first summer. After the first year, it’s unlikely that your tree will need supplemental watering unless you live in a drought-prone location.


Close-up of a gardener with black rubber galoshes digging soil with a large garden shovel in a sunny garden. The soil is loose, dark brown.
Persimmons thrive in nutrient-rich, well-draining soil with a slightly acidic pH.

Persimmons need rich, moist, well-drained soil. The soil pH should be neutral to slightly acidic. Average-quality soil is generally fine as long as you periodically add some organic compost to help boost quality nutrients.

Climate and Temperature

Close-up of ripe persimmon fruits on a tree among autumn bright red-orange foliage. The fruit is characterized by its rounded, tomato-like shape and glossy orange skin, which deepens to a rich, vibrant hue as it ripens. The foliage transforms into a stunning array of colors, ranging from vivid yellows and oranges to fiery reds and burgundies.
Fuyu persimmons thrive in zones 7-10, embracing moderate climates.

The ‘Fuyu’ persimmon grows in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 7 – 10. They tolerate mild to moderate winter weather but will die if exposed to prolonged or extreme freezes. Persimmons are tolerant of heat and humid environments as long as they receive adequate moisture.


Close-up of ripe orange fruits on a persimmon tree in the garden. The fruit is round and squat with smooth, glossy, orange to deep orange skin. Its shape resembles a tomato. The leaves are glossy, dark green, and ovate with serrated edges, providing a lush backdrop to the vibrant fruit. Some leaves have reddish-orange spots.
Feed your persimmon tree sparingly for optimal growth.

Don’t fertilize your persimmon tree at all for the first couple of years because it is easy to over-fertilize these trees. After these first two years, you can fertilize on an as-needed basis. If your tree shows signs of yellowing leaves or slowed growth, add a balanced fertilizer once each year, in late winter or early spring. As an alternative to fertilizer, you can also add a top-dressing layer of organic compost around your tree to boost soil nutrients. 


Close-up of a gardener in a white T-shirt trimming the branches of a persimmon tree using pruning shears. On bare branches weigh ripe, round-shaped fruits, slightly flattened at the top and bottom, with thin, smooth, glossy orange skin.
Nurture persimmons with occasional care and savor abundant fruitfulness.

Persimmons are low-maintenance trees. They do not typically require pruning other than basic maintenance pruning to remove dead or unhealthy branches. Water your young trees regularly until they are well-established. After this, give them periodic deep waterings during times of drought. The most enjoyable maintenance you’ll need to do is harvest the fruits!


Close-up of a woman's hand harvesting Fuyu persimmon fruit from a tree in a sunny garden. The  fruit is typically about the size of a medium tomato, with a squat, round shape and a slightly flattened bottom. Its skin is smooth and glossy, ranging in color from bright orange to a deeper, rich orange-red hue.
Savor persimmons at any stage for delightful sweetness.

The ‘Fuyu’ persimmon produces non-astringent fruit. This is good news for growers because it means you can eat the fruits anytime after they turn orange, even if the fruits are not yet soft. 

With ‘Fuyu,’ just wait until your fruits are fully orange. If you pick them when they are still firm, they will be crunchy with an apple-like texture. As the fruits turn darker red-orange, they become slightly softer and sweeter. If you wait until the fruits are entirely deep red-orange in color and have become very soft, you can still eat them. At this point, they will be extremely sweet with a custard-like texture. 


Close-up of ripe persimmon fruits on a bamboo plate. The fruit is round in shape and has a slightly flattened appearance at the top and bottom. Its skin is bright orange, smooth and shiny.
Extend the joy of persimmons with refrigeration storage.

Firm, orange ‘Fuyu’ persimmons can be stored for up to two months or so in the fruit crisper drawer of your refrigerator. Once the fruits start to soften, they should be eaten fairly quickly. If you find yourself with too many fruits to eat them all fresh, try making a batch of persimmon jelly, or give them away to your friends and neighbors.

Garden Design

Close-up of several trees in a garden with ripe fruits and green leaves. Its bark is grayish-brown and slightly furrowed. The tree produces striking orange to deep orange, round, and squat fruits, resembling tomatoes, with smooth, glossy skin. The leaves are ovate and dark green, with serrated edges, providing a lush backdrop to the vibrant fruit.
Transform your landscape with a stunning and fruitful persimmon tree.

Have you ever wished that you could grow an edible landscape, full of beautiful plants that also provided a source of food? Persimmons are the answer! A ‘Fuyu’ persimmon tree makes an excellent specimen tree for your landscape. These small to medium-sized trees have an attractive form, spectacularly colored mature fruits, and brilliant fall foliage. Place your tree in a location with plenty of sunlight and space away from other trees and shrubs to reduce competition with other plants. 

If you have limited space but still want to grow a fruit tree, try growing a persimmon in a large container. You’ll want a large container, ideally seven gallons or more, to accommodate its substantial root system. Choose a container that’s still a manageable size in case you need to move it into the garage for the winter months.

Container-grown fruit trees look great anywhere you put them. Keep them pruned to help balance them in the pot and make sure your container has excellent drainage.

Wildlife Value

Close-up of a European long-tailed tit perched in a persimmon tree and eating the fruit. The European long-tailed tit is a small, fluffy bird with a distinctive appearance, characterized by its predominantly pinkish-gray plumage, contrasting with white underparts, black and white facial markings, and a long, slender tail. The persimmon fruit is similar to a tomato and is round in shape with a flattened top and bottom. This fruit has a thin, smooth, glossy skin of bright orange color.
Invite wildlife into your yard with a persimmon tree haven.

If you are hoping to attract wildlife to your yard, growing a persimmon tree is a great option. Persimmon fruits attract birds, squirrels, and other small mammals who will come to either nibble or feast in your tree. Persimmon trees also support birds by providing foraging opportunities, perches, and shelter. Pollinators will come to gather nectar from the spring-blooming flowers. 

Common Problems

The ‘Fuyu’ persimmon is generally a trouble-free tree for the home landscape. These trees are somewhat susceptible to leaf spot and mealy bugs, but your biggest problem may be the squirrels that love to eat these fruits. 

Leaf Spot

Close-up of a ripe persimmon fruit on a tree among leaves affected by black spot. The persimmon tree affected by leaf spot exhibits symptoms such as dark lesions or spots on its leaves, which vary in size and shape.
Promote tree health by ensuring good air circulation and hygiene.

Leaf spot is a fungal or bacterial infection that causes brown, gray, or black spots to develop on the leaves. Most of the time, leaf spots will only affect a small number of leaves and will not harm the overall health or productivity of your tree. Persistent leaf spots can cause your trees to prematurely lose leaves and therefore diminish tree health. 

You can minimize the risk and damage caused by leaf spots by allowing excellent air circulation between your plants. Don’t overcrowd your trees, shrubs, or other plants. Prune off overlapping branches to promote airflow within the tree. Rake up and dispose of fallen diseased leaves so that infections cannot continue to spread within the same area.


A brown squirrel runs along the top of a chain link fence.
Deter squirrels from persimmon feasts with effective repellents.

Anyone who has grown fruits before knows that squirrels can be a real nuisance. Not every squirrel, however, seems to love persimmons. If the squirrels in your yard decide that they like persimmons, they make just take a few bites or steal entire fruits from your tree. 

It’s almost impossible to protect your entire tree from hungry squirrels, but you can try to deter these persistent pests. There are some scents, such as hot pepper spray and mint, that seem to repel squirrels. If you use a squirrel-repellent spray, you will need to reapply it after every rain. Tree netting doesn’t work to repel squirrels because it will entangle birds and squirrels will still chew through the netting to reach the fruits.

Mealy Bugs

Close-up of a branch of amazed Mealybugs against a blurred background. Mealybugs are small, soft-bodied insects covered in a white, waxy substance that resembles cotton or mealy powder.
Combat mealy bugs naturally with vigilant monitoring and beneficial insects.

Mealy bugs and scale are tiny insect pests that suck the juices from plant leaves and stems. You’ll be able to see mealy bugs because they gather in large numbers and look like white or gray fuzzy mounds. Scale insects often blend in with tree branches, and move much more slowly. As they feed, these bugs excrete a sweet, sticky honeydew substance on the leaves, which can then lead to growths of sooty mold. 

Always clean your tools between uses to help prevent the spread of pests from one plant to another. Remove and destroy any heavily infested leaves if you have very localized infestations. Attract beneficial insects, such as ladybugs, to your yard. Ladybugs and their larvae love to eat mealy bugs!

Final Thoughts

If you love to eat fresh persimmons and have the right conditions to grow your own, go ahead and give it a try! Persimmons are prolific producers and very easy to grow. ‘Fuyu’ persimmon trees are readily available and will liven up your landscape throughout the entire year.

These are attractive trees with a graceful form, the fruits are beautiful (and tasty!), and they display fantastic fall foliage. So what are you waiting for? If you have the space, a warm climate, and plenty of sunlight, a persimmon is sure to please.

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