The Q&A Archives: Problem With Persimmon Tree

Question: Fruit is creating a safety problem...what can I do to stop the tree from producing fruit?

Answer: Unfortunately, there are not too many options. One would be to prune the tree immediately after it blooms, thus trimming away the fruiting wood ech year. This would result in an unattractive tree, would limit the size of the tree, and would be stressful for the tree, too. The other option I can think of is to remove the tree and replace it with something else.

Without knowing the nature of the danger, I would suspect that fallen fruit may be slippery and possibly attract bees or animals. A possible solution to this problem is a daily clean up. The easiest way I know of to accomplish this is to spread fabric type netting on the ground beneath the tree. The fruit falls on the netting and the netting can be pulled aside or rolled up and carried away, allowing for efficient disposal of the fruit.

Another possible solution is to redirect any adjacent walkways or patios so that the fruit is not in the immediate area where people may come into contact with it.

I'm sorry I don't have an easy answer for you.

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