Cricket Hill Garden
Diospyros, 'Kasandra' hybrid persimmon
Diospyros virginiana x kaki hybrid 'Kasandra'
Variety description: This advanced generation hybrid is the result of a cross between the kaki cultivar 'Great Wall' a F2 male hybrid persimmon ('Rosseyanka' x D. virginiana).
Nurseryman Cliff England in KY reported that this tree survived -16 ° F with no evidence of damage. Likely zone 5b hardy if protected the first few winters. Spring planting recommended for zone 6 and below.
Fruit measures about 2.5" long and is reported to be delicious when ripe. Like many hybrids, the foliage is similar to that of a kaki persimmon. Hybridized by David Lavergne.
Site requirements: Persimmons grow best in a full sun location with fertile, well-drained soil. They are quite adaptable and will grow in poor, dry soils, though such sites are far from ideal.
Size at maturity: With pruning, trees can be maintained at 15-20'.
Pests and diseases: None of concern in the Northeast.
Hardiness: Will grow in USDA zones 5-9.
Plant size: Grafted tree, about 1' tall with a well developed root system. Grown in 4" x 9" tree pot. Will likely produce fruit in 2-4 years if given good care.
When we ship: FALL 2023 / SPRING 2024.