Fruiting Bonsai: A Mystery Persimmon

Monday, December 14, 2009

Fruiting Bonsai: A Mystery Persimmon


If you know the variety of this tiny fruited persimmon (Diospyros kaki), let me know. The photo is from Bonsai Today issue 39. When I first saw it, I figured ‘kaki’ was the variety, but no such luck. ‘Kaki’ just means persimmon in Japanese. Height 33″ (84cm).

Dwarf flowers and fruit

You can make leaves smaller by defoliation (cutting leaves off an entire tree, or section of a tree, resulting in a second, or even third crop of smaller leaves) and to some extent by pruning, confining the roots, limiting water and nutrients, and perhaps other means. But dwarf fruit and flowers are the result of genetic modification. No mechanical means will work, no matter how hard you try. This is why you’ll sometimes see large flowers or fruit on very small bonsai (see below).


This Chinese quince (Pseudocydonia sinensis) is from the cover of Bonsai Today issue 18. Though the tree is small (height 28″), the fruit is full size. Normally, so many large fruit on such a small tree would create too much stress. In this case the fruit were probably left on for show and then removed to preserve the strength of the tree.


Houston said...

I think that the persimmon with small fruit is Diospyros rhombifolia (Princess Persimmon)

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