Ichi-Ki-Kei-Jiro Asian Persimmon

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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.
Note: Our persimmon trees are grown in EZ Start® pots, which allow the roots to self-air prune and redirect energy to producing a dense mass of feeder roots. The main tap root will begin forming once planted in its permanent location, and will fully develop over the next 2-3 years.

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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.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 8 - 10' tall x 8 - 10' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 8 - 10' apart to ensure room for growth.


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.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow persimmon trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Love persimmon and I hunt and deer love it even more.
ROBERT L on Mar 6, 2021
Don???t have to wait till the fruit gets ripen.. can enjoy twice..Do send me a nice n healthy one ..Thanks.
Prakash m on Jan 24, 2021
Love persimmon and I hunt and deer love it even more.
ROBERT L on Mar 6, 2021
I don't have this persimmon type
Robert D on Mar 2, 2021
Don???t have to wait till the fruit gets ripen.. can enjoy twice..Do send me a nice n healthy one ..Thanks.
Prakash m on Jan 24, 2021
Lance T on Jan 2, 2021
My other persimmon, ordered several years ago from Stark Brothers, is doing the best of all my fruit trees.
Hobby on Dec 1, 2020
Jim B on Nov 4, 2020
Planting a u-pick orchard and want as many different plants producing at different times as I can afford.
Paul K on Nov 3, 2020
many good reviews
Li H on Oct 30, 2020
VINCE A on Oct 27, 2020
I choose this tree because I like the mature height of 8 to 10 feet
Brad P on Oct 26, 2020
I like sweet persimmon.
Tatiana P on Oct 26, 2020
described as a small tree at maturity
Yvonne O on Oct 25, 2020
We purchased three in the past. One died, one is a runt but yielded 14 fruit this year, and the third is much bigger than the runt but has just two fruit. We have had bad luck with most of the fruit trees purchased from you'll but are willing to order again because we have heard good things about Stark Brother. Hope we get three good plants in this order with nice straight stem.
Diana M on Oct 10, 2020
size of tree
dennis m on Oct 6, 2020
I chose this variety because the native persimmons where I live require a male and a female for pollination and they grow to be much larger than my yard would allow. Also, this variety is non-astringent and seedless, with larger fruit than the native trees. I like the fact that it's a dwarf variety, making it great for smaller areas. I've also heard that these are more cold, disease, and pest tolerant than many of the others. Hopefully it will do well here.
Chris R on Oct 3, 2020
Hardy Persimmon that only grows 8-10ft tall
Ryan K on Oct 3, 2020
Grows well in my area.
Harrison A on Sep 25, 2020
Hardy in my time zone. Dis thingz r yummy.
Roman F on Aug 27, 2020
I already have one 3-year old dwarf persimmon tree (Nikita's Gift) - an astringent type. I like it very much and need another one for better pollination. I have already prepared a hole for planting the second tree and hope I can plant it this fall. Thank you!
Ludmila R on Aug 13, 2020
I like persimmons.
Mark P on Aug 1, 2020
Dwarf I need small trees in my yard and it???s good for Luna moths
Eli D on Jul 17, 2020
I like Persimmon
Wai L on Jul 8, 2020
Looking for a persimmon tree, and I liked the description from the Stark Bros. website
Morna G on Jul 5, 2020
Wanted a dwarf persimmon that would grow in the pacific northwest.
Richard N on Jun 30, 2020
Family share it
Kham K on May 23, 2020
Sounds like a good choice of persimmon, good time to receive it and I like the small size and spacing.
PoohMoss on May 17, 2020
I bought a persimmon tree because I ate one at Trader Joes and it was good. Also, Lead Farmer 73 raved about his "Bonita" Persimmon tree. It was time for me to invest in another fruit tree and add it to my fruit collections, kumquats, brown Turkey figs, blueberries, and goji berries.
SYRREA P on May 13, 2020
I bought one of these from Starks about 20 years ago. It produced fantastical until couple of years ago, as it died from injury due to an unusually late freeze.
Jack L on May 9, 2020
Love the flavor and the power of this fruit...
BRADLEY B on May 9, 2020
I spent over 400$ on persimmons last winter
I have to get this and on the ground as soon as possible and this one is not astringent non puckering
shelley s on May 5, 2020
I love persimmon
Fema G on May 2, 2020
Good reviews
Lacy R on Apr 30, 2020
heavy producer of fruit. sweet fruit
Stephen W on Apr 24, 2020
Taste good
karmjit b on Apr 23, 2020
Looking to harvest and dry persimmons for snacks.
Eugene R on Apr 20, 2020
Interesting tree. Always wanted to try one
Thomas B on Apr 19, 2020
Healthy fruit
Joshua C on Apr 17, 2020
We already have this kind of tree and fruits are crunchy and sweet
JOVITO A on Apr 15, 2020
compatible zoning
Tuan C on Apr 12, 2020
The IchiKiKeijiro persimmon from StarkBros was growing at my previous residence. I really miss that wonderful tree !! So I'm ordering another one for my new residence.
The fruit was plentiful and wonderful on the tree, and that tree grew very fast the first
year and began fruiting the second year.
Christine V on Dec 12, 2019
I have tried these before and they are great.
REDENIA D on Dec 12, 2019
The reviews
Virginia R on Dec 11, 2019
same as one that died after 2 years.
dwarf size, ie, 10 ft at maturity.
non astringent, cold and heat hardy.
Wayne on Dec 11, 2019
A coworker brought some to work and shared them with me and others. I loved them and I???m hoping these will be as tasty as those were!
CHARLENE C. on Dec 10, 2019
Because it is a small tree and therefore it is easy to manage. Also it is cold hardy.
VLADIMIR S on Oct 9, 2019
It is claimed to be dwarf, self-pollinating, non-astringent, and hardy. I like persimmons.
David B on Aug 29, 2019
Diversifying my food forest, this should be a good addition. Looking forward to growing something other than apple or peach.
GREGORY N on Aug 24, 2019
sweet taste
Jose T on Oct 30, 2018
We had a Fuyu Persimmon growing up and after moving to a different region I was disappointed that it couldn't grow in my new locale. Later I discovered that this non-astringent variety is more cold hardy and I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to give it a try.
Lyle S on Oct 9, 2018
Favorite fruit at home, everyone loves it
Maria K on Oct 2, 2018
I don't have this persimmon type
Robert D on Mar 2, 2021
Lance T on Jan 2, 2021
What the treatment for black spots on my persimmon tree leaves. The tree will not bear?
Hopehudson@hotmail.com H on Mar 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: A local tree farmer who has persimmons states the black spots are caused if the temperature gets below freezing before they are picked/ripe. some years you just have to use them to decorate the bare tree in the fall and let the birdies eat them.
Now at our area is going to fall temp- between 60-78 F, Is it a good time to buy a Persimmon Tree to plant? It's too late?
Judy W on Sep 25, 2017
I read that the lifespan is about 10 years. Is this true?
Sean 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.
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, I have this tree in Chandler, AZ. And the tree feels just fine. I bought this persimmon 2 years ago. Didn't use any shade or sun screen. In the summer time the edges of the leaves were kind of dry, but it survived last summer without any impact. Ivan.
When does it bloom? Before leaves appear? I have five inches of new growth
Sean 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.
Can you grow these in Pots. I had a spot for it and let's say no more? Zone 8b. I cannot take the pot inside
Abby! on Sep 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: My tree has not been grown in a pot. Even though well fertilized and watered it has remained small and could be moved indoors if necessary. Late spring frosts have not damaged our tree in Northeast Georgia.
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.
What is the approximate size of the mature tree?
Karla P on Jun 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This tree gets to be about 8-10' tall.
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.
my soil is mostly clay ,will this tree grow in it ?
Lena G on Nov 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I'm in the lower Hudson valley of NY. The soil was mostly clay we're I planted it. Went about 50/50 with peat moss and compost. Grew well the first summer, then died back almost to the ground after a tough winter. This year it's finally establishing itself but it's only about 2' tall. Hopefully next year will bring more growth.
I want to plant this tree near my fence. How far from the fence should it be?
Emily L on Dec 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I think you should be able to plant relatively close if you want it just a matter of pruning the crown over the fence line. The crown can be a bit wide spreding.
I am located in the Seattle area, and it seems persimmons struggle to ripen here. While the website says it is compatible with my zone, I'm wondering if anyone has had fruit successfully ripen in this area? Thanks so much.
Crystal T on Jul 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We purchased the tree in 2017. So far, the tree is healthy and thriving. It has not produced fruit yet. I am in southwestern Illinois. We have had considerable rain this year and it has been cooler than normal. It just turned hot and humid. We thought with all the rain and prolonged season of cooler temperatures the tree would suffer. But, it has grown and all leaves are lush/green. It is in the front yard and gets direct sun. Looking forward to it bearing fruit.
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.
How do I know when to pick the Jiro?
Tom J on Oct 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Tom, first congrats on picking a unique fruit that will spark mealtime conversations merely with its presence at the table. With the Asian (non-astringent, i.e.,no pucker) persimmons, they are edible with the first true color change, even when hard. However, PEAK ripeness seems to occur when the bright orange suddenly darkens to a ruddy orange or even red. The change is subtle but notable. You walk by the tree, then pause and say, "Hey, look at that!". Lastly, peak ripeness is attained when the fruit is mildly soft and impressionable, not apple like as with the first color change.
MYTH: You do NOT have to wait till after the first frost for a ripe persimmon! Although it may take some varieties that long to fully ripen.
Note the fruit, even when deep orange/red and slightly soft (but not mushy like an American persimmon), does NOT separate easily from the limb. Hard to separate fruit is not a sign of unripeness. Bring some clippers to avoid tree damage.
Good luck, look for the COMBO of color darkening and slight softness, and I hope some persimmon bread/pudding is in your future.
Is this a dwarf tree?
E J on Jun 26, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Yes this variety is a natural dwarf tree reaching 8-10 foot in maturity.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How hiegh Asian Persimmon tree ?
Huong H on May 19, 2020
BEST ANSWER: They are small trees, about 10-12 feet tall when fully grown
What would be a good pesticide for this type of tree?
Sandy R on Mar 23, 2020
BEST ANSWER: My trees haven???t needed any pesticides as they seemed to be pest-free
Fall color

What is the fall color of this variety like?
Alex W on Dec 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi Alex, This is a good question. The Ichi Ki Kei Jiro Asian Persimmon has orangish leaves in the fall and will hold its fruit well after the leaves drop.
Can I grow persimmon in a heated greenhouse? If I pot it can I keep the tree height and width controlled and still get good fruiting? I am in zone 5
Joseph C on May 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes you probably can. If it is a heated greenhouse it should be fine. Also, I've noticed that these trees aren't fast growers if you let them fruit. It's been three years now and ever since I let it fruit without pulling off the buds, the growth has slowed a bit. It is five feet right now and not changing any time soon. Plums on the other hand are wild! XD. Persimmons especially this kind not so much.
How big is the "Ichi-Ki-Kei-Jiro Asian Persimmon" fruit?
Ricky on Dec 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: A good sized fruit about the size of a medium apple.
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.
I have had my tree for 4 years in north Idaho. I have yet to have fruit. I have gotten tiny little white flowers the last couple of years. Is this normal? Will I get fruit in my zone of 6 b? Thanks
Jean R on Feb 4, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Yes this is normal they typically wont bear for 3-5 years after planting. Getting flowers is a great sign and I would look for fruit to set this coming season.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
I would like to order a supreme one, but it is out of stock. When do you have it again? can I pre- order it? Thanks
Banglinh V on Jan 20, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Unfortunately, we are out of stock this spring on the supreme sizing as all measured to be our standard shipping size. Unfortunately we can not place an order for something that is not available in inventory I do apologize.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How old is the tree when shipped?
TPhan on Nov 16, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Our trees are shipped in a 4x4x10- inch pot and range from 1.6-3 foot tall and are 2 years of age at shipping.
I bought this tree a few year ago, i finally got many fruit early this year, but many of them dropped and only 8 left to good size to eat, very delicious. i am afraid of next year fruit dropping, is there any advise to help? thanks
Wendy L on Nov 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. There are any number of reasons for fruit drop to occur. In this article, we discuss some of the factors that may cause fruit drop and some things you can do to prevent it.

Mine died back to the roots and is regrowing. What kind of tree is it?
Steph P on Oct 28, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Persimmons are grafted to a persimmon seedling root stock. The tree that is growing is a persimmon but we can be sure which variety.
it is a little bit of snow on the ground in Olathe Kansas. Should I started to planing my Persimmon tree?
Tri N on Oct 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees:
1) when the ground is not frozen.
2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32??F) and below 90??F.
3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What is zoning for Illinois?
Perry on Oct 19, 2020
BEST ANSWER: If you enter your ZIP code at the following link and we'll be able to display the popular products that are available and rated for your location: //www.starkbros.com/zone-finder Also look for check marked varieties as you shop to ensure compatibility with your zone. If you have more questions regarding zone compatibility, please call Customer Support at 800.325.4180 and they would be glad to help.

If you type your zip code into the box in the "Zone Compatability" section above, a checkmark will appear if the product on this page will grow well in your location.
Persimmons trees Is this compatible to Illinois?
Perry on Oct 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: If you enter your ZIP code at the following link and we'll be able to display the popular products that are available and rated for your location: //www.starkbros.com/zone-finder Also look for check marked varieties as you shop to ensure compatibility with your zone. If you have more questions regarding zone compatibility, please call Customer Support at 800.325.4180 and they would be glad to help.

If you type your zip code into the box in the "Zone Compatability" section above, a checkmark will appear if the product on this page will grow well in your location.

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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 6 years 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
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 6 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 6 years ago
IchiKiKeiJiro Persimmon
I had an IchiKiKeijiro persimmon before. We loved the fruit, but it did not tolerate our winters in central KY. I planted this one in a sheltered area by the house. It survived our recent winter well and so I am looking forward to harvesting more persimmons in the future. My advice is if you are in Zone 6, you might want to consider planting in a protected area.
May 15, 2017
over 4 years ago
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 6 years ago
Love this tree but why all the seeds
How come my tree got so many seeds in them. The store bought ones hardly any, why? Other then that, I love it, it's very productive, healthy and taste great
November 29, 2016
Doesn't hold up to wind
I have had three of the IchiKiKeijiro Asian Persimmon trees. The first tree was doing beautifully. Then we had a very strong wind (we do indeed frequently have very strong winds). The stake only went three-fourths the height of the tree and the wind broke the tree off at the top of the stake. For the second tree, I put in a stake the height of the tree. Again, the tree was doing great. Then again a very strong wind came up which broke both the tree and the stake at the ground level. Since I really wanted this variety of tree, I tried a third tree, this time using a long water pipe as a stake. This was strong enough to withstand the wind. However, when we got a very hot day (112 degrees), the leaves turned brown and the tree died. I think that maybe the pipe got too hot next to the tree. Perhaps the pipe could have been insulated.
I'm not sure whether I will try again but the first two trees were doing so well before the wind came up. I would certainly have given them five stars if they were wind-tolerant. If I could find a strong enough stake that didn't get hot, it might be worth a try.
August 5, 2016
over 6 years ago
Ichi persimmon
This winter was the second my ichi spent here in Zone 5b however, it hasn't grown much so far. The approx. 6 inch branches from last years growth failed to survive the winter.New growth appeared close to the ground but seem to be very slow. I am wondering now if ichi is indeed hardy in zone 5 b (near Chicago) I had very good expirience with my previous dealings with Stark so I am giving it another chance.
May 17, 2017
over 5 years ago
Mine fruited unexpectedly early in the first year
I ordered the dwarf version of this tree in February and planted it in a pot the day it arrived (zone 7a). I planted it with a mixture of about a third homemade compost, a third clay-y topsoil, and a third leaf gro. I wanted the supreme (the better pick they offer when you make your selection) but they were sold out at the time and only had the regular. So I went with that one. It was a skinny little stick when it arrived and I thought, "yeah, this will definitely take 4 years to fruit." I watered it daily and to my surprise it bloomed in the spring and little persimmons started forming. It had about 15 blooms with little persimmons inside. In June it dropped all but 6, but those 6 ended up growing to full size and the first one was ready in September. They were delicious!
I did have an unfortunate mishap when my stake tie loosened on a particularly windy day in October. The tie came off and the weight of the remaining fruit snapped the poor thing almost completely in half. I harvested the remaining fruits, which ended up ripening the rest of the way in my house, and taped up the tree. It appears to have survived, and is going dormant now, so we'll see how it does next year.
I'm extremely pleased with my purchase and really lucked out to have it fruit in the first year. If I purchased another one of these, I would not expect fruit in the first year, so be prepared that this probably won't happen with you ( but we can always hope:)
November 5, 2016
over 5 years ago