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Our hardiest Asian persimmon. Commonly translated as “first life from Jiro”, we’ve nicknamed this variety “Itchy”. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I have one of these already and it began bearing at two years old. The fruit is wonderful!
Holly A on Jan 23, 2017
Hardy, Sweet even when picked hard.
ROGER W on Nov 19, 2016
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
Have one that is on it's last legs. Time for a new one.
Vergil J on Dec 4, 2016
Dwarf size convenient for our home garden.
Diana M on Nov 18, 2016
What the treatment for black spots on my persimmon tree leaves. The tree will not bear? H on Mar 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I sprayed some Sevin on the tree and that seemed to stop more brown and black spots on the leaves. The tree takes 3 years to bear, but grew nicely the one year I've had it so far.
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.
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
Has anyone grown this tree in zone 5b successfully?
M K on Dec 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: we live in a low area in 6a. so it gets to the lower range for that zone. I grew
the tree successfully for several years but lost it a couple years ago. I am not
sure if it was the severe, below zero weather we had or just the age of the tree (7-10 years).
probably a combination of the two. great tree and fruit while it lasted. started another one this year.
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.
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
1 year 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
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
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
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
1 year 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
1 year 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 2 years ago
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
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 2 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
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