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Sacramento radio host and longtime master gardener "Farmer Fred" Hoffman, author of Farmer Fred's Rant, touts the benefits of persimmons, a backyard fruit that doubles as an ornamental tree.
"California's Central Valley is ablaze with the other orange fruit tree: The brightly colored persimmon. And it's not just the fruit. Persimmon tree leaves can turn a brilliant hue of red before the first big wind and rain storm of late November washes them off their branches. What's left behind is the unpicked fruit, dangling like holiday ornaments during December. That's a feast for our eyes as well as a banquet for hungry birds.
Persimmons have adapted well to our California climate: Warm, dry summers and mild winters. At least 500 different Japanese persimmon (Diospyros kaki) varieties were brought to California during a major planting spree from 1870 to 1920. In 1877 alone, more than 5,000 plants in 19 varieties were imported from Japan. As a result, 99 percent of the commercial persimmon crop is grown here in California."
Read more, including how to grow your own persimmons and which varieties to plant, at farmerfredrant.blogspot.com