The Jiro Persimmon is a stunning deciduous tree producing large, crunchy, sweet fruit in a vivid bright orange colour with a bright green calyx. Both the tree and fruit are truly spectacular! The Ichikikijiro - generally known just as 'Jiro' is a non astringent variety meaning that you can eat it crisp like an apple straight from the tree.
The Jiro is a Dwarf variety and well suited to the home gardener hoping to grow persimmons in their back yard or orchard. They are an early fruiting variety and the fruit are flattish on top with a slightly squared shape.
The name Diospyros quite literally means 'Food of the Gods' and it is a name that is well-deserved. You can eat the Jiro persimmon whole. Cut into slices or wedges it makes a delicious addition to a cheeseboard, diced into a fruit salad, in baking and preserves or as a special ingredient when making liqueurs and wines. When the fruit is dried it is often boxed and given as a special and unique gift.
During the Autumn months as the leaves begin to change they put on a stunning display of reds, oranges, coral, pinks and yellows before losing all of their leaves before Winter. Non Astringent persimmons are the National Fruit of Japan.
Please contact us if you have any questions about buying this fruit tree.
- Scientific Name
- Diospyrus Kaki 'Ichikikijiro'
- Fruiting Months
- February, March, April (calendar)
- Purchase Height
- 3 - 5 feet
- Maximum Height
- 2 - 4 metres comfortably kept to 2 metres with pruning and management
- Pot Size
- 5 litres
- Non-Astringent (find out more)
- Propagation Method
- Grafted (find out more)
Tree Options / Variations
We may stock our fruit trees in a variety of options. In general, the advanced and extra-advanced trees are taller and more mature than the standard trees and will likely start fruiting sooner. If you have any questions about which is the best option for you, please contact us to discuss.
Most dwarf fruit trees are pot-friendly and can comfortably be kept to a size that suits smaller spaces like courtyards, balconies and verandas and planted out into smaller spaces.
Top Tips for Planting
- Plant in full sun with shelter from strong winds.
- Well-drained soil with lots of organic matter
Top Tips for Growing
- Daily watering on soil above existing root area is required especially in the first 12-16 weeks whilst becoming established.
- Benefits from regular feeding.
Is it suitable for growing in pots?
How much water does it require?
When will it start fruiting?
3-4 years from planting
Did You Know
Did you know that persimmons are part of the ebenaceae family? Their wood is very hard and can be used for golf clubs and similar items. The non astringent persimmon is the National Fruit of Japan.
Fruit Trees make Great Gifts!
How about giving a Fruit Tree for someone's birthday or special occasion?
For something extra special, you can choose a tree that will bear fruit around that time.
Check out our Fruiting Calendar to find the perfect variety.
Not sure what to choose? Consider a gift card.