|American Persimmon. Image source commons.wikimedia,org|
|American persimmon. Image source commons.wikimedia.org|
There are a few varieties described as not needing a male to pollinate them. Yates, Prok, Meader. Time to bear is listed as 3 to 5 years.
The varieties at Starks are 1 to 2 feet tall, in air pots. Those are containers with open bottom, so the roots are "air pruned" resulting in bushier root mass and considered more likely to survive. That size is small to my mind. I have grown other trees from smaller, however.
Burnt Ridge also carries persimmon trees. I sent them an email asking size, time to bear.
I only want to try one tree. Yates or Prok are options. Yates has more of a flavor description, Prok has more claim about how much they bear, and larger fruit. Those are not side to side comparisons.
Starks gives ideal planting time as early march. Will think about it some more.
We bought Asian persimmons at the grocery store the past couple of weeks. Hichaya was much better than Fuyu. Fuyu are more common. They are better if allowed to ripen until soft. They are like a tropical fruit flavor, a jelly in a fruit skin.