Re: JIRO PERSIMMONS AND SOCHI TEA
(love yur name),
“I am attempting to grow a Fuyu, (Jiro) persimmon in Yamhill County. Haven't seen any mature trees anywhere around. Does anybody know of any persimmon success stories or know where there is a Jiro growing near Portland area?
I’m in Yamhill County and have had Fuyu (Jiro) persimmons for ..many years. ‘Many years’ being well over twenty for my oldest – that died this Spring
I’ve a smaller fruited astringent
persimmon with a name I can’t remember (and am too lazy to go out and look.. though I did eat a couple of them off the tree this evening!), and one more Jiro, around 15 years old – down from 3 total as I took one out a year ago for serious garden expansion and it was not looking too good…
The demise of the oldest tree seemed a combination of its wet location and severe vole activity below ground. The other (younger) Jiro was likely the same, planted in the same little ‘draw,’ just a bit further up. And the vole damage has been deadly…
Magnificent trees, they are very brittle; limb spreading can easily snap a ‘weak crotch.’ They need no pollinator and usually set good crops. I’m in a cool draw at 350 feet elevation and ripening is sometimes ‘iffy.’ They’re the last fruit I harvest …well
, them and my Fuzzy kiwis
. No insects eat or attack their leaves, though deer will eat whatever’s within reach - so mine spent 3 to 4 years caged in until they grew above that threat. They have no seeds and may be eaten from crunchy through soft. They dry well, I’ve got gallons. Birds will begin to ‘peck’ them after the leaves fall, which is after the first ‘killing frost’ – though the fruit will hang on for weeks, it looks amazing. Raccoons are hard on them, as they’ll break the brittle limbs when climbing to the top after anything you leave (for the birds..).
The tree’s seem naturally dwarfed and need very little pruning …and being an avid pruner, I’d be happy to get in there if needed. No sprays are necessary for any disease or pests. The tree’s have done well after some very cold winters. Once established, they show no signs of thirst – and you know it also gets dry around here. The fruit can get some one-sied blackened sun-scald when exposed; no big deal unless you’re looking to market them.
I’ve seen some persimmon trees in McMinnville, generally ‘new,’ but always green and growing – they’ve a beautiful ‘lime-green’ foliage in the Spring and an eventual orange through purple going on in the Fall. I can’t say enough good about them, they’re a very underutilized if unknown tree and do very well in our dryer than the Valley or foothills of the Cascades climate. I’ve been waiting to see an orchard go in for decades ... but it’s not going to be me …you? Hey
– if you’re in Yamhill County, you can get a free library card from Linfield College (don’t tell everyone) and check out an amazing ..make that AMAZING
DVD on persimmon cultivation, harvesting, storage and marketing in Japan of around 25 years ago. A full-length ‘movie,’ it’s riveting for anyone into Persimmons. It was once quite an industry over there and I suspect they’re still at the hart of anything commercial. It’s said persimmons (you’ve got me going now..
) are the most eaten fruit on earth, due to the number of Asians and their cultivation and appreciation of them. So we’re real late to the game. – And I always need to thank Jim Gilbert
of “One Green World
” for inspiring me to grow them …all those years ago.. His online nursery would be an excellent source… or Kramer’s