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Ichi-Ki-Kei-Jiro Asian Persimmon

Available Spring 2018

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Our hardiest Asian persimmon. The name translates to “first life from Jiro”. This bountiful bearer features medium-large, pucker-free fruit that is sweet even when picked firm! Fruit is round to oblate. Seedless. Heat-tolerant. Ripens in September to October. Grafted. Self-pollinating.


Bloom Color Green, Yellow
Fruit Color Orange
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest September-october
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet
Texture Soft
Years to Bear 2 - 3
Zone Range 6 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 6 - 9
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.


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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I love all persimmons but needed a dwarf tree because of my small city yard. Asian persimmons are hard to find in St. Louis and whether they're any good or not, they're always expensive. Therefore, I want my own supply.
Lisa C on Apr 3, 2017
It's a self-fertile, dwarf, non-astringent persimmon that hangs well into the fall. Sounds wonderful! I can make my grandmother's persimmon pudding recipe :)
Bob k on Mar 14, 2017
I love all persimmons but needed a dwarf tree because of my small city yard. Asian persimmons are hard to find in St. Louis and whether they're any good or not, they're always expensive. Therefore, I want my own supply.
Lisa C on Apr 3, 2017
I love eating Asian persimmons and this dwarf variety won't take up too much room. Plus this variety is highly rated!
Phil Y on Mar 15, 2017
It's a self-fertile, dwarf, non-astringent persimmon that hangs well into the fall. Sounds wonderful! I can make my grandmother's persimmon pudding recipe :)
Bob k on Mar 14, 2017
For its small size which is compatible with that of peach trees in an existing garden.
Li H on Mar 11, 2017
Dwarf size and excellent cold hardiness made this an irresistible choice. I picked Stark Brothers because of their reputation.
Werner S on Mar 9, 2017
They are sweet to eat and a healthy treat. The dwarf tree is the right size for my yard.
John H on Mar 5, 2017
It stays small, yet the fruit is reasonably sized
ELAINE S on Feb 3, 2017
Have one.. It is a fantastic tree.
Monica H on Jan 30, 2017
I have one of these already and it began bearing at two years old. The fruit is wonderful!
Holly A on Jan 23, 2017
Have one that is on it's last legs. Time for a new one.
Vergil J on Dec 4, 2016
Hardy, Sweet even when picked hard.
ROGER W on Nov 19, 2016
Dwarf size convenient for our home garden.
Diana M on Nov 18, 2016
read a review, so decided to try.
Marjory B on Nov 11, 2016
Can be eaten firm and soft. All my other trees can only be eaten after the fruit is completely ripe.
DAVID H on Nov 3, 2016
I wanted a dwarf variety, and this seemed to fit the bill. Will add comments in the future, if possible.
William T on Nov 1, 2016
Enjoyed a previously planted tree with very sweet and eatable fruits. Far surpasses the
standard American Persimmon.
WILLIAM L on Oct 27, 2016
Looking at my neighbor's persimmon trees which grow so many fruits for the 1st year only. I love persimmon fruits so much.
Yenny S on Oct 17, 2016
Dwarf trees easy to pick from
STEVE O on Oct 1, 2016
I currently have one dwarf-variety of persimmon tree and was interested in acquiring another small cultivar of persimmons. I've been quite pleased with the growth habit and ease of care of persimmons in general - an excellent fruit for a backyard organic grower.
Paul S on Sep 21, 2016
like dwarf tree because have small space in back yard
JOSEPH M on Aug 30, 2016
My favorite fruit.
Theresa L on May 13, 2016
I had one before, but it was in a location that got hard freezes. I'm trying this one closer to a building that will moderate temperature extremes. My wife loved the fruit so I'm giving it another try.
Lee E on May 9, 2016
small tree size
Roberto V on Apr 27, 2016
This is my favorite fruit! I hope to have many persimmons to eat!
kim d on Apr 25, 2016
The only non-astringent dwarf permission I can find, because I want a tree for a small yard that will only get 10 feet tall instead of 30.
Paul A on Apr 21, 2016
Friend reference
Tommaso L on Apr 19, 2016
I'm growing this in a pot on a roof top at a children's museum. This variety came in a dwarf form and is never sour.
Karen D on Apr 15, 2016
Low in salicylates, and they are not available in the stores.
Donna S on Apr 3, 2016
I saw a jiro persimmon tree at Atlanta Botanical Garden and it was lovely.
Helen C on Apr 1, 2016
I had a small patch of great full-sun property in my front yard but didn't have the space to plant several more traditional non-self pollintating fruit trees, so this self-pollinating Persimmon seemed like a great fit for what would have otherwise been unused space.
James D on Mar 26, 2016
I love persimmos and they are usually expensive at the grocery store. I'm delighted to grow my very own.
Griselda A on Mar 23, 2016
Disease resistance.
SORIN G on Mar 21, 2016
sweet and short for my zone.
Josie A on Mar 15, 2016
Awesome fruit
Zhengjie Z on Mar 13, 2016
Due to the dwarf size and sweetness.
Nathaniel B on Mar 9, 2016
I love eating Asian persimmons and this dwarf variety won't take up too much room. Plus this variety is highly rated!
Phil Y on Mar 15, 2017
For its small size which is compatible with that of peach trees in an existing garden.
Li H on Mar 11, 2017
What the treatment for black spots on my persimmon tree leaves. The tree will not bear? H on Mar 5, 2016
How much heat can the ich ki jey jiro take. Im jn Red Rick AZ between pohoenix and tucson. Summervtemps are 100+?
Armando A on May 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Armando. this is my second ich ki jey persimmon. our summer weather can get prtty hot, occasionally over 100, and we also get high humidity. It didn't see to adversely affect the first tree we had which lasted quite a few years until some super cold killed most of it a couple years ago. the replacement tree is still pretty small, but this is its second summer coming up and it is leafing out now. Don't know if any of this helps, but good luck. the fruit is definitely worth the years of waiting and it can get prolific. Steve
I read that the lifespan is about 10 years. Is this true?
Sean W on May 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I'm not sure where the "10 year" claim originated, but we have trees that are going on 20 years growing in containers here and they don't appear to be in a state of decline. Life expectancy beyond that seems to depend on location and care. Many Asian persimmons live for 30+ years.
When does it bloom? Before leaves appear? I have five inches of new growth
Sean W on May 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: In piedmont NC zone 7, this year we had a late frost and rained almost everyday in April, leaves appeared late April with flower buds (it was about 5" or so with 3-4 buds per branch). Flowers are on new growths of current year branches. It's best to feed it in spring with compost. I had one at old house, only fed compost from city yard waste every 2-3 years... 6' tree got hundreds of flowers in spring.
Hi, can this persimmon tree being grown in Chicago? Thank you
Christy P on Jul 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Chicago is in Zone 5B, which is just out of range for this tree. If you're in a microclimate where your temperatures are moderate by any water, or your garden is protected against harsh north winds or Lake Michigan winds, then you might be OK. You can always grow it in a container, move it outside in the summer, then move it to an unheated garage or shed for the winter.
Why are trees not shipped "bareroot"?
Ed O on Mar 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Because these are semi-tropical trees that must be grown in a greenhouse rather than in a field to be dug up as bare-root. This tree comes in a pot with an advanced root system; it's a really strong, healthy tree and further along than a bare-root would be. I hope that answers your question.
Are there any concerns with transplanting the grafted Iichi-ki-kei-jiro?
PATRICK L on Jun 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: patrick,

make sure you do NOT bury the graft. that is a swelling or bump down low on the trunk. if you cover it with dirt, then the portion above the graft could take root. that could produce a tree very unlike what you were expecting.

it is really hot and dry here in southwest utah. the second concern would be to make sure it has plenty of moisture initially. plant the tree in a wide hole only as deep as the root ball (so the tree won't settle). i like to fill the hole with water to ensure a good supply of moisture at that depth. after the water has soaked in about half way, plant the tree with the soil from the hole. build a basin around the treehole and fill it with water to soak in again. i watered by filling the hole each day for a week or when it starts to leaf. this is to charge the soil with moisture. after that i would taper off each week_ every other day the second week, then half that. for the first season i would water it a minimum of twice a week, then weekly and deeply the seasons after.
Has anyone grown this tree in zone 5b successfully?
M K on Dec 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: yes I have several trees on my property that i planted even with record cold temps last year and they are doing fine but still too young to produce fruit.
what's the difference between Asian ichi and Fuyu?
Ofelia P on Sep 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They are similar in that both are non-astringent. The ichi is a hardier variety for zone 6. Compared to the fuyu it is hardy to zone 7. The ichi I've planted two years ago is now about eight feet tall.I highly recommend getting the ez start pots because the root system is stronger,thus you get better growth and a healthier plant.
How large will my tree get?
M D on Jul 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Ichi-Ki-Kei-Jiro Asian Persimmon is known as a dwarf persimmon and will mature to be 8-10 feet tall and wide.
I live in south Louisiana, zone 9. I purchased this variety of persimmon simply because of its small mature size. It has been in the ground for less than a year and was doing quite well in terms of growth. However, something is making a meal of the leaves, which is disheartening. I was told to try making a paste with seven dust, then to smear it on the lower trunk. This person feels it is the same sort of caterpillar that affects pecan trees, though I have yet to physically see any worms, bugs etc. Any suggestions?
William T on May 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It's difficult to say, especially since you are not able to locate the pest that is feeding on the leaves. Most pest controls work on contact, which requires the pest to be present to be effective. Once you see the pest, then you will know what you're dealing with so you'll be able to plan how to control it in your persimmon tree.
The fruit on my tree has black shiny spots. What causes that?
Marguerite R on Oct 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: These spots appear in response to (humid) weather, but they are only superficial. They don't affect the fruit quality or taste, just the appearance, but it is not uncommon to see these spots on persimmon fruit and leaves.

Customer Reviews

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although you did not recommend me buying these trees because of my zone I did anyway and even though we had record low temperature two winters ago I had no problems with my trees! that is why I am buying even more.
February 22, 2016
over 2 years ago
Good deal
The tree grows well. Bought it when it had just 3/8" trunk with no branches. First year it gave me 5 sweet fruits, doubled it's heights and grown about 5 branches. Now it's the second year. There are 9-10 fruits on the tree as well as more new branches.
May 17, 2016
over 2 years ago
Star Idaho Persimmon's
What a great little tree. This year, our first harvest, we picked 30 persimmon's on the 31st of October, all in the 3" range. off a 4' tall tree.
November 4, 2016
over 2 years ago
Dwarf persimmon
I received my Ichi-Ki-Kei-Jiro persimmon tree in excellent condition, with a nice stout and healthy 'trunk'. I am still working on removing a stump where I intend to plant it, but it is keeping well. I appreiciate your growing this dwarf variety, and for the information you later provided me regarding it's rootstock. I sometimes am discouraged by the homogoneity of plants that are grown by the majhority of nurseries. Stark Brothers still has a lot of variety. Thank you!
February 25, 2016
1 year ago
Three years old?
Tree was well packaged, the disappointment is in the size of the tree. The trunk of the tree is smaller than my little finger in diameter . It has not yet shown any signs of life. 3/12/16. Maybe a bit early but my peach has already started to blossom. I would like to send a photo but there is no way to attach to this rating.
March 12, 2016
1 year ago
Response from Stark Bro's
Thank you for your feedback. I'm very sorry to hear of your disappointment. You are welcome to send a picture to our email of and we'll be happy to take a look for you.
March 13, 2016
Brenda HStaff
Highest praise!
This is a fabulous tree. We had six blossoms the second year. The third year, it gave us 80 delicious fruit! We cannot praise it enough!
May 17, 2016
over 2 years ago
fruit tree
I bought this tree one year ago. This Asian Persimmon tree had a healthy roots and after two weeks it gave me beautiful leaves. I was happy. Tree was good in a winter. Now it has small leaves. I recommend people to buy trees from this nursery. Thanks.
May 13, 2016
over 2 years ago
I received this sapling when I happened to be very busy. I confess I left it in its little pot and watered for a month. I thought for sure at one point I had overwatered it as the roots looked brown. Always willing to give things a try I decided well lets throw it in the ground and see what happens. I planted and mulched it in the morning and the deer decided to eat it down to just above the graft while I was at work. Feeling disgruntled I kind of forgot about it until just thee other day. Not expecting to see anything I was amazed to see it had sent out three shoots from above the graft. It is now fenced and I can't wait to see how it does this fall.
September 4, 2016
Prompt Delivery, Beautiful Tree
So far, so good! The tree selection, pricing, ordering and delivery were smooth. This is the first winter in the ground, so anticipating buds in spring.
February 25, 2016
1 year ago
Ichi-Kei-Jiro Persimmon
I'm very happy with the tree, grows fast, survived 2 bad winter in zone 6-b, I like ordered from StarkBro's!
February 2, 2017
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