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Question about Princess Persimon tree

Post  xuan le on Mon May 17, 2010 3:05 pm

Hi all,

I just bought a small Princess Persimon with 3 small fruits, but after a week or so the fruits started to dry up and dropped.
I read an article in the bonsai magazine written by Steve Pilacik who said the the Princess Persimon female trees need a male tree in order to bear fruits. The gentleman from whom I bought the tree said the they don't (need female trees)
My question is I have to beleive who? In case it needs where can I find a male tree?
I appreciate all responses.
Best Regards.

Xuan

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Re: Question about Princess Persimon tree

Post  Brent on Mon May 17, 2010 8:27 pm

Xuan

I've researched this subject and the best I can make of it is that they can go either way. In other words, some Diospyros species are clearly dioecious (need male and female trees for fruit), but the females of others are often semi fertile. The male trees of course won't bear fruit, but the female trees are often self fertile. Since your tree has developed fruit, it is fertile. I imagined that it dropped its fruit for other reasons. I have been growing a dozen or so from seed for about ten years and I have a couple of females that are fruiting, but I haven't been able to find any male flowers among the others, maybe I have not be looking hard enough. Undoubtedly you will have better fruit production if you can find a male pollinator.

Brent
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Re: Question about Princess Persimon tree

Post  Chris Cochrane on Tue May 18, 2010 4:55 pm

Hi Xuan... Julian Adams (Central Virginia Bonsai Society, Lynchburg) lists dwarf Princess Persimmon among bonsai material he vends & would offer reliable advice. He was a vendor at the spring Bonsai Festival at the U.S. National Arboretum in DC earlier this month, but is easily reached through contact information noted on his Adam's Bonsai website.

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Re: Question about Princess Persimon tree

Post  xuan le on Sat May 22, 2010 2:56 am

Thanks Brent and Chris.
Probalebly Julian will be at the 2nd National Exhibition in Rochester, I will check with him.

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