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Old 07-18-2010, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Holly Neighborhood, AUSTINtx
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Anyone have a persimmon tree and want to share their experiences?

I'm in Central Texas and was thinking of giving it a shot.
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Old 07-19-2010, 05:45 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Anyone have a persimmon tree and want to share their experiences?

I'm in Central Texas and was thinking of giving it a shot.
My honest opinion, we had one in Ca, so did our daughter: they are nothing but a huge mess and there isn't all that much you can do with the fruit..I know some people do enjoy eating it, but mainly persimmons are best in quick bread and cookies in the winter. The bees were everywhere, the fruit is very hard to get exactly right. Either it is picked to soon and is methy and unedible or you leave it on the tree one day too long, it falls off and the mess begins.

Needless to say, you can see I am not a lover of the tree.

Nita
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Edmond, OK
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We have several, native (I'm guessing) persimmons along our fence line. I don't recommend them. Even though we've tried pruning them, they just don't seem to have a nice shape. The branches tend to break quite easily. The fruit is messy. It falls off the trees and rots and then it smells. Lots of squirrels and birds are attracted to them, and then they make even bigger messes.
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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The deer like them. As mentioned, getting the fruit at the right stage takes practice and is a daily task.
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:50 AM
 
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Don't do it!!
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Old 07-19-2010, 06:47 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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We have a native persimmon in our pasture. Being there, it causes no problems with mess. I know when the fruit is ripe because my donkeys stand under it when the wind picks up, heads to the ground, waiting for them to fall. They consider it donkey candy! I would only suggest planting one in an orchard where the bees and falling fruit are not a problem.
The easy way to tell if the fruit is ripe is to look for the orange skin to take on a purplish color, sometimes with black spots. Massage the fruit gently. If it falls off the stem, it is ready.
I made a persimmon pie one time. It was rather grainy, with a dry, puckerish aftertaste. Not pleasant. Next time I will remove the skins and see if that helps.
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Old 07-19-2010, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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We had several, hated them!
Even after we got rid of them, they kept sending shoots up.
They only way we were able to totally get rid of them was to let the goats into the orchard, they mowed down the shoots, finally.
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Old 07-20-2010, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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We had several, hated them!
Even after we got rid of them, they kept sending shoots up.
They only way we were able to totally get rid of them was to let the goats into the orchard, they mowed down the shoots, finally.
sorta like growing mint or bamboo. They don't know when to stop even after they have worn out their welcome. .!!!

Nita
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Old 07-20-2010, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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sorta like growing mint or bamboo. They don't know when to stop even after they have worn out their welcome. .!!!

Nita
That would be our experience!
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Old 07-20-2010, 03:10 PM
 
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I'm still killing shoots (roundup and pulling) from where we cut one down 2 years ago. The fruit fell and was nasty, attracted wasps and yellow jackets and coons, the seeds came up by the millions in my flower beds and all over the yard.....hated it.
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