Trees and Shrubs forum: Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) not bearing fruit

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Region: Texas Daylilies
Feb 10, 2015 12:24 PM CST
I planted 2 Persimmon Trees (Diospyros virginiana) about 10 years ago. Both were actually planted in the same hole because one was very frail and did not think it would survive, so I planted them together. The healthy one took off beautifully as hoped, and the sickly one barely managed to survive. This continued for a few years and the healthy tree was now almost 10 feet but still not bearing fruit. The once sickly tree was getting a little stronger each year but wasn't much more than the size of a branch of the big tree. Fast forward to last year, the big tree is about 15 ft tall, very healthy, but still no fruit. The smaller tree is doing quite well, but it is not fruiting either. What could be the problem? Why no fruit? I've been waiting years.
Name: Jill
Weatherby, Missouri (Zone 5a)
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Feb 10, 2015 12:54 PM CST

I'm sorry to bear bad news but Persimmon trees can be male or female. The male has clusters of flowers, the female has single larger flowers when they bloom. It does take a fair number of years before fruiting, perhaps 5 or 6 years - but after 10 years the male/female issue is likely the problem. Sad

Region: Texas Daylilies
Feb 10, 2015 2:20 PM CST
Well for one, neither tree has bloomed all these years. And I had been under the belief that it was self-bearing and monoecious, if those are the correct terms. Obviously, I could have been misinformed, so now I'm more perplexed than ever.
Name: Tom Cagle
SE-OH (Zone 6a)
Old, fat, and gardening in OH
Feb 10, 2015 10:30 PM CST
RockGardner said:Well for one, neither tree has bloomed all these years.

Well there ya go. Sounds like they are not ready yet to make fruit.

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Region: Texas Daylilies
Feb 11, 2015 12:07 AM CST
That sounds like sound reasoning. Confused
Name: Daniel Erdy
Catawba SC (Zone 7b)
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Jun 7, 2015 2:18 AM CST
I'd be tempted to say Gerry is right they are both males sold to you as self pollinating trees. Meader is the only self pollinating american persimmon out and most grafted persimmons should bear fruit within 2 or 3 years some take up to 5 but not 10 years like pecans. If you need some female sicon to graft on your trees you can contact me this winter. otherwise I'd suggest you purchase a dollywood, early golden, or yates persimmon they bear young often second year. Sorry I'm so late jumping in the conversation I just joined ATP a few days ago,
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