Pruning Persimmon Tree

Asked June 7, 2019, 4:42 PM EDT

Hello, I have a fuyu persimmon tree that is about 2-3 years old. The summer after I planted, I got 13 persimmons but they all dropped. Last year I got zero persimmons (I'm not sure what happened). This year there looks to be about over 100 baby persimmons growing. I hope they don't drop. Should I be pruning the tree? One side is shaded by tall oak trees so most of the branches are growing towards the other side.

Howard County Maryland fruit plant care

1 Response

Hi- fruit trees typically drop many fruits early on as individual trees compete for nutrient resources. You need to thin your fruits now to ensure fewer but larger fruits. Thin so that there is at least a 6-inch space between fruits.
More information on Asian persimmon:

https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/growing-oriental-persimmons-in-north-carolina

http://extension.msstate.edu/publications/information-sheets/fruit-and-nut-review-oriental-persimmons

Jon