Tips on How to Prune a Fuyu Persimmon

By Jacob J. Wright, Tips on How to Prune a Fuyu Persimmonthumbnail Persimmons look like underripe tomatoes but taste vastly different.

An Oriental or Japanese persimmon tree (Diospyros kaki) can grow 30 feet tall and 25 to 35 feet wide over many years, as it tends to grow moderately slowly. Pruning trees can limit height, making fruit harvest easier in the backyard orchard. It also trains the young tree into a wide, open structure for the best fruit production later in life. Cultivar Fuyu, also known as Fuyugaki, grows up to 20 feet tall and 22 feet wide. It produces baseball-sized, tomato-shaped orange fruits that are naturally sweet -- nonastringent -- and have a flavor reminiscent of a cantaloupe. Harvest time is in middle to late fall.

  1. Plant Establishment

    Initial Pruning

    Year Two Pruning

    Annual Pruning