Also known as Caucasian persimmon, lilac persimmon Synonyms include Diospyros calycina, Diospyros mediterranea, Diospyros microcarpa, Dactylus trapezuntinus, and Diospyros umlovok. Perennial in USDA zones 7-9.
|Habit/Size||up to 30 feet tall|
|Germination||Stratify (cold/moist) for 60-90 days. Sow seeds 3/8 in. deep.|
|Requirements||Tolerates most soil types and pH levels. Prefers moist soil and full sun, but can grow in partial shade. Medium water needs.|
|Zones||USDA zones 7-9|
|Life Cycle||deciduous tree|
|Harvest||Ripe fruit has an excellent flavor and texture. Great in bread, cakes, pies, and preserves. Roasted seeds can be used as a coffee substitute. Leaves can be used to improve the flavor of pickled foods.|
|Uses||edible (fruit)*, medicinal *, utility (wood)|
|Breed Status||Open Pollinated|
|Saving Seeds/Propagation||Diospyros lotus is dioecious, meaning each flower is either male of female, but only one sex per plant. Both male and female plants must be grown together if harvesting seed. Diospyros lotus is not self-fertile.|
|Seed Storage||Store seeds cold and dry (34-41 degrees F).|
|Synonyms||Dactylus trapezuntinus, Diospyros calycina, Diospyros mediterranea, Diospyros microcarpa, Diospyros umlovok|
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