Fruit Trees

Asked July 30, 2016, 11:21 AM EDT

Can you grow a persimmon tree in Oregon? I live in King City & would like to plant a Persimmon tree. From what I've read they would do well here, but I'm not sure. I also read where you need to buy at least a 7 yr tree to get fruit the first season. Thanks.

Washington County Oregon tree fruits persimmon

1 Response

It’s true that Asian persimmons thrive here in the northwest. Fruit trees are typically sold when 2 or 3 years old but, as you’ve heard, you may need to wait another 3 or 4 years to harvest fruit. The trees will begin flowering after they are in the ground for just a year or two, but won’t be able to produce fully-developed fruits because the root system is not yet well-established. If you bought an older tree, you would still need to wait another 3 to 4 years until the root system became established.

Plan where you’ll put the tree, perhaps get the hole ready, and go shopping early next year.

See “Fruit handbook for western Washington” http://whatcom.wsu.edu/gardenshare/documents/fruit_handbook_western_wa.pdf and “Training and pruning your home orchard” https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/catalog/files/project/pdf/pnw400.pdf.