|Nikita's Gift Hybrid Persimmon. 11.3.15|
American persimmon "Prairie Star" (Diospyros virginiana) and Korean bush cherry (Prunus japonica). More on the bush cherry later.
Back at Battleground, the persimmons have nice fall color. The best is Nikita's Gift - a hybrid between Diospyros virginiana and Asian persimmon, Diosyyros kaki. The little Prairie Star also has nice color.
Asian Persimmon "Saijo" had a tough summer, too much heat. The leaves curled, but did not fall off. They have nice color now, but it's hard to see due to the curled leaves. Maybe next year it will do better.
The other American persimmon, Yates, doesn't look like much this year as far as leaf color goes.
|Prairie Star American Persimmon. 11.3.15|
|Saijo Asian Persimmon. 11.3.15|
It was interesting looking at the persimmons at One Green World. They had several Nikita's Gift persimmons with big fruits on the 1 foot tall plants. I asked the clerk how they accomplish that. He didn't know. They also had a kaki persimmon from Xian, which had little green fruits. That did not seem promising to me, November and no where near ripe.
Mine may have received too much nitrogen this year. It is a gamble. Too little nitrogen, growth is puny. Too much, and fruits don't set or fall off. I will probably fertilize the two little American persimmons prior to Spring, but not the Asian and hybrid, which are both over 6 foot tall, so I don't need growth on those so much as wanting to taste the fruits.
|NC1 Pawpaw. 11.3.15|
|Nikita's Gift Persimmons at One Green World Nursery. 11.3.15|
James Claypool was an amateur who attempted to breed persimmons as an ideal fruit for home gardener or orchard. He trialed thousands of hybrids, starting with varieties from earlier, mainly amateur, developments and improvements over wild persimmons. When Claypool developed an illness and could no longer work on his persimmons, the Indiana Nut Growers Association took over.
|Seedling Genetic Dwarf Peach. 11.3.15|
|Yates (Juhl) American Persimmon. 11.3.15|