Caucasian Persimmon, Date Plum, Dateplum Persimmon
In Stock: 3.952 lb (Total:3.952lb)
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Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed
Discover the unique and delicious flavor of the Diospyros lotus Caucasian Persimmon, also known as the Date Plum or Dateplum Persimmon. This widely cultivated species of the genus Diospyros is native to subtropical southwest Asia and southeast Europe. Its English name comes from the small fruit, which has a rich taste reminiscent of plums and dates.
The Diospyros lotus is among the oldest plants in cultivation, making it a classic choice for any garden or orchard. It is also an excellent tree for Bonsai enthusiasts, showcasing its beauty and versatility as a plant.
Distribution and ecology:
The Diospyros lotus is native to southwest Asia and southeast Europe, with its range extending from East Asia to the west of the Mediterranean, down to Spain. It is known as "God's fruit" in ancient Greek (Διός πυρός, Diós pŷrós) due to its delicious taste. This species is even mentioned in The Odyssey as the "lotus tree" that was so irresistible that those who ate its fruit forgot about returning home.
Growing to a height of 15-30 meters, the Diospyros lotus has shiny, leathery leaves in an oval shape with pointed ends. Its small, greenish flowers appear in June to July. The fruits are juicy berries that turn yellow when ripe, reaching a diameter of 1-2 cm. The seeds have a thin skin and a very hard endosperm.
Caucasian Persimmon fruits are highly edible and contain a high percentage of sugars, malic acid, and vitamins. They can be enjoyed fresh or dried, with drying and frost removing their tartness.
This remarkable tree is cultivated not only in its native range but also in the U.S., North Africa, and Pakistan. Its adaptability and hardiness make it a popular choice for cultivation in various regions.
Embrace the ancient tradition of cultivating the Diospyros lotus and enjoy its unique and delectable fruits. Whether you're a gardener, orchard owner, or a Bonsai enthusiast, this versatile and flavorful tree will enhance the beauty and taste of your surroundings. Try growing the Diospyros lotus Caucasian Persimmon and indulge in its rich and delicious flavor.