Have a cigar!

I’ve planted a lot of trees on my property, free seedlings courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation.  One of them is a persimmon that I’ve made the center of a little circular garden with a sundial.  Persimmons are dioecious — that is, they have male and female trees.  Today I was out in the yard and realized that my little persimmon tree has some fruit on it.  It’s a girl!

I’m so pleased.  There are only a few persimmons on it, but there are other larger female trees on my property, so I’ll be making persimmon pudding later this fall.  You have to wait until the first frost, because the fruit are too astringent to eat before that.

2 Responses to “Have a cigar!”

  1. K says:

    Hmmm, I wonder if I could grow persimmons. (There’s a spot awaiting a tree in my front garden, but I haven’t decided which kind of tree.) Do you need a male one as well for fertilisation?

  2. Allen says:

    Yeah, unless you have a self-pollinated variety. There are named cultivars, and I think some have both male and female flowers.

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