Saijo Japanese Persimmon Tree | Ebenaceae Diospyros Kaki 'Saijo' | Hand Grafted | 3 Gallon Plant | Free Ground Shipping

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March 2024

Saijo Japanese Persimmon Tree | Diospyros Kaki 'Saijo'

Why is a good choice?

Our plants are grown at our nursery. And our experienced team use the best horticultural practices to ensure our plants are of the utmost health and quality. We select your plants as if we were buying them ourselves. Our standards are to exceed our customers’ expectations. We pride ourselves for great “out of the box” experiences with hassle-free customer service and quick resolutions.

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Astringent: This variety of persimmon can be eaten when it is fully ripened.  

The name 'Saijo' is derived from the Japanese language and holds the beautiful meaning of "the very best one". This plant boasts a delightful astringency, featuring a medium size of approximately 3 inches in length. Its shape is reminiscent of an egg, adding to its unique appeal. What truly sets this plant apart is its incredible and rich flavor, making it a must-have for any plant enthusiast. This remarkable plant variety boasts exceptional cold hardiness, ensuring its ability to thrive even in chilly climates. Its fruits reach optimal ripeness from mid-September to mid-October, offering a delightful harvest season. When the plant reaches its optimal maturity, you may delicately remove the cap and savor the delectable flesh from the exposed end. This particular plant variety is known for its impressive productivity and abundant yield. This particular variety is highly sought after by deer and other wildlife due to its popularity. Ah, the majestic tree you speak of, originating from the enchanting land of Japan, boasts an impressive age of over six centuries. Dr. Dunstan certainly had excellent taste, and it's no surprise that this particular plant has earned the title of being the very best. This exquisite plant variety boasts exceptional cold hardiness, thriving beautifully in the USDA plant zones 6-9. The fruit-bearing potential of newly planted trees typically manifests within a span of 2-3 years, contingent upon the level of care provided and the prevailing climatic conditions. The success of new trees is greatly influenced by the level of care they receive both during and after the planting process.

Leaf Color:

The Ebenaceae Diospyros Kaki 'Saijo' boasts a stunning display of lush and vibrant foliage, making it a true standout in any garden or indoor space. Throughout the flourishing period, the elliptical foliage showcases a splendid verdant shade, forming a captivating juxtaposition against the backdrop of its luscious fruits. As the autumn season graces us with its presence, the foliage undergoes a magnificent transformation, showcasing a splendid palette of warm hues. From resplendent golden yellows to vibrant fiery oranges, these captivating colors create a visual spectacle that is sure to delight any garden enthusiast.

The bloom color:

'Saijo' is not the main highlight of this plant, as it is more renowned for its delicious fruits. However, the small flowers still contribute to its overall visual appeal, adding a charming touch to its aesthetics. The exquisite blossoms of this particular plant variety are known for their delicate and pale appearance, showcasing beautiful creamy white tones. They elegantly adorn the branches during the enchanting transition from late spring to early summer.

The height and width:

Diospyros Kaki ' Saijo' are quite moderate, which makes it a fantastic option for various garden sizes, whether you have a spacious yard or a more compact landscape. The 'Saijo' variety of plant typically grows to an impressive height of 15 to 20 feet, showcasing its majestic presence in any garden or landscape. Its spread is slightly narrower, spanning from 10 to 15 feet, allowing for a more compact yet elegant appearance. This exquisitely balanced tree enhances the aesthetic appeal of any garden, providing endless possibilities for creative planting arrangements.


For optimal growth, it is crucial to carefully choose a location that offers excellent drainage and receives ample sunlight. For optimal growth and development, it is recommended to plant the exquisite 'Saijo' persimmon during the late winter to early spring season. To create a nurturing environment, it is essential to prepare the soil adequately. Ensure that the soil is enriched with nutrient-rich organic matter, which will provide the persimmon tree with the essential elements it needs to thrive. For optimal growth and development, it is recommended to space multiple trees at a minimum distance of 15 feet apart. This spacing allows ample room for the trees to reach their mature size without competing for resources or crowding each other. By providing sufficient space, you are ensuring that each tree has the opportunity to flourish and showcase its natural beauty.


It is crucial to establish a regular watering routine throughout the plant's growth period, particularly when encountering periods of drought. Ensuring optimal moisture levels is absolutely essential for fostering the growth and maturation of succulent, delectable fruits. It is important to exercise caution when it comes to watering your persimmons, as these plants tend to thrive in slightly drier conditions.


Mulching is an essential practice for maintaining the health and vitality of your plants. By applying a generous layer of organic mulch around the base of your tree, you can effectively conserve moisture, suppress the growth of pesky weeds, and regulate the temperature of the soil. This simple yet effective technique will provide your tree with the optimal growing conditions it needs to thrive. So go ahead and give your tree the gift of mulch! In regions where temperatures tend to fluctuate, this plant is especially advantageous as it provides excellent protection for the root system.


Pruning is an absolutely vital practice when it comes to sculpting your beloved tree, optimizing the flow of air throughout its branches, and ultimately boosting the production of those delightful fruits. For optimal plant health and aesthetics, it is recommended to engage in corrective pruning during the late winter or early spring season. This involves the careful removal of any branches that are dead or damaged. By doing so, you can promote the overall vitality and appearance of your plants. To ensure optimal ripening of your persimmons, it is highly recommended to encourage an open canopy that allows ample sunlight penetration. This will facilitate uniform ripening throughout the tree, resulting in deliciously sweet and succulent persimmons.

Refer to our complimentary planting guide for planting when you receive your order.


Our processing time usually is 1-3 days after receiving the order. Orders taken after 4:00 pm on Wednesday through Sunday will be shipped the following Monday.


The Plant Factory, Inc. offers the very best shipping processes to ensure quick, safe, and near-perfect results every time. Cold and heat may deter your order temporarily until it is safe to receive and plant your plants/trees in your area. At our discretion, we will hold order till the threat is gone ensuring you with the healthiest-viable product ordered.

Summer - Above 95 degrees | Winter - Below 34 degrees

Plant Highlight

  • Growing Zone: 6-11
  • Plant Brand: The Plant Factory Choice
  • Botanical Name: Diospyros Kaki 'Saijo'
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Flower Color: White
  • Flower Fragrance: Slight
  • Fall Color: Yes
  • Type: Deciduous            
  • Mature Height: 15-20' feet tall
  • Mature Width: 15-20' feet wide
  • Growth Rate: Moderate
  • Exposure: Sun to part shade
  • Soil Needs: Tolerant to many soils
  • Water Needs: Occasionally after established, drought tolerant  
  • Pruning Needs: Early spring trimming
  • Awards:
  • Grown by: The Plant Factory
  • Pollinator Friendly: Yes
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: Yes
  • Reblooming: No
  • Cold and Heat Tolerant: Yes

Note: We put pictures and videos on our site to best represent our products, as an example of our quality as a grower.  You may, however receive a smaller or larger plant than pictured depending on the season you buy. You may or may not get a plant blooming as shown on our site.  We usually trim off blooms because they do not ship well. Your purchase of our plants should be considered an investment in your future garden and enjoy the process of growing it to its full potential.

Limited Conditional Warranty: Warranty is limited to guaranteeing plants will arrive safely and in good and healthy condition, and is conditioned on Seller receiving prompt notice (within 24 hours of delivery) of any problem with the condition accompanied by photo validation. No other additional, extended or long-term Warranty is expressed or implied. Minor broken branches and some leaf discoloration is considered cosmetic and normal for shipping plants through the mail. Keep in mind when if this happens these minor issues will not affect the health of your plants and trees. Loose soil does not qualify for any warranty replacement. Simply put back in container and water thoroughly, let rest for a few days and then replant.