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Persimmon tree differences
Leaf or other differences between Fuyu and Hachiya persimmon?
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debbiew
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May 11, 2022 - 10:25 am

Does anyone notice a difference between Hachiya and Fuyu persimmon trees without seeing the fruit?  I bought a persimmon tree for my daughter’s birthday yesterday from a private party who had acquired several during a real estate deal.  I had bought her a fuyu about five years ago and it was bearing well, but she had to leave it behind when they moved at christmas. The new tree i bought was supposed to also be a fuyu, but last night the seller contacted me and said that he realized it might also be a Hachiya or chocolate. He doesnt know how to tell the difference and they are untagged, too young to bear. We all dont like Hachiya fruit texture, so he says I can just return it, in case that is what it is. but Fuyu trees are scarce as hens teeth in the nurseries this season due to a shortage with the California growers, so I cant easily replace it in case the one I chose is actually a Hachiya. Im hoping there is some way to identify before it is mature and fruiting so I know whether to return it. 

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May 11, 2022 - 3:53 pm

I doubt anybody here is going to be able to describe the difference before flowering.  Even if there are differences that are discernable between different kaki varieties, I don't think most will be concerned enough to note them.

Of those 3, I think Chocolate is the only one that also makes male flowers, and I think its pretty precocious.  So if you see small flowers in clusters of 3, that's probably Chocolate.

Where are you located?  If it turns out to be one of the astringent cultivars, you can graft it over to Fuyu, or an earlier ripening non-astringent if you are in a cooler summer region.

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