Diospyros kaki ‘Dai Dai Maru’
Diospyros kaki ‘Dai Dai Maru’ common name, persimmon is among the oldest cultivated plants, having been in use in China for more than 2000 years. Our variety is an astringent one, with fruit needing to be left on the tree to ripen fully. The kaki tree reaches a size of up to 10 metres. Its deciduous leaves are medium to dark green, broadly lanceolate, stiff and equally wide as long. Unusually, the kaki fruits ripen when the leaves have mostly fallen off the tree, typically in autumn. They have a jelly like texture when fully ripe. Kaki trees typically do not bear until they are 3 to 6 years old. The 2 cm -2.5 cm wide flowers appear in late spring or early summer depending on variety and growing area. The tubular flowers have a creamy white color. Female flowers grow singly, while male flowers sometimes may have a pink tint and tend to appear in clusters of three. Diospyros kaki is typically a dioecious species, which means that trees are either male or female, but some cultivated varieties are monoecious. In that case both male and female, and even perfect (male+female), flowers can be found on the same tree. The flowers have four crown-shaped sepals and four petals that form a large calyx. All varieties (parthenocarpic) will produce seedless fruit in the absence of pollination, but the pollinated flowers will produce fruit full of seeds. Planted in 1992 by the Moss Family.
57.00 Location A4 Latitude; -38.401214290000 Longitude; 146.052184200000