Dwarf Oriental Persimmon – Ichikikijiro

Dwarf Oriental Persimmon – Ichikikijiro


  1. Record average expected life of tree in years from sprout to death. (looking for approx numbers)

50-75 years (http://www.raintreenursery.com/Persimmon.html)

  1. Years until trees 1st fruit

4-5 years

  1. Season of year when productive tree fruits.

Autumn – March, April, May

  1. Expected or average number years tree expected to fruit for once it begins


  1. Country/area of origin

The oriental persimmon is native to China, where it has been cultivated for centuries and more than two thousand different cultivars exist. It spread to Korea and Japan many years ago where additional cultivars were developed. The plant was introduced to California in the mid 1800’s.

  1. Average annual rainfall in area of origin

Annual rainfall averages of Japan nearly 1,530 millimetres (60.2 in), with a wetter summer and a drier winter. (note I realise that Japan is not china, however the country of China is a vast country with a huge variation in rainfall.)

  1. Latin name of tree and family

Family Ebenaceae

Genus Diospyros.

Genus and species Diospyros kaki  (Asian persimmon, Japanese persimmon)

Dwarf variety is Ichikikijiro

  1. Any other products, benefits, useful or interesting facts about of tree,


Though persimmon trees belong to the same genus as ebony trees, persimmon tree wood has a limited use in the manufacture of objects requiring hard wood. It is hard, but cracks easily and is somewhat difficult to process. Persimmon wood is used for panelling in traditional Korean and Japanese furniture.

 In North America, the lightly colored, fine-grained wood of D. virginiana is used to manufacture billiard cues and textile shuttles. It is also used in the percussion field to produce the shaft of some mallets and drumsticks. Persimmon wood was also heavily used in making the highest-quality heads of the golf clubs known as “woods” until the golf industry moved primarily to metal woods in the last years of the 20th century. In fact, the first metal woods made by TaylorMade, an early pioneer of that club type, were branded as “Pittsburgh Persimmons”. Persimmon woods are still made, but in far lower numbers than in past decades. Over the last few decades persimmon wood has become popular among bow craftsmen, especially in the making of traditional longbows. Persimmon wood is used in making a small number of wooden flutes and eating utensils such as wooden spoons and cornbread knives (wooden knives that may cut through the bread without scarring the dish).

Other information about Ichikikijiro

  • Self Pollinating
  • Can handle some frosts
  • Deciduous
  • Moderate Watering
  • Dwarf (1/2 Normal Size), Can be pruned to 2m
  • Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest 4-5 Years
  • Sun 80%-100%
  1. Height, width and shape of tree at maturity (in metres).

3m wide 5m high

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