#25 Japanese Persimmon (Diospyros kaki variety)

posted Jan 11, 2012, 4:46 PM by Western Sonoma County Historical Society   [ updated Jan 12, 2012, 7:12 AM ]

Japanese Persimmon

The better known Asian variety with large, dark, oval leaves, its fruit is edible even if slightly unripe. The wood is so hard it makes good golf clubs.

Only one of these trees remains here, unlike #26 which have re-seeded themselves all through this area.

Our single representative is this large tree with dark green, glossy, oval leaves turning a beautiful bronze in fall. Persimmons are part of the Ebony family. The fruit of this tree can actually be eaten when still slightly unripe, though they're better if ripe. That's a major difference between it and the American Persimmons (#26).