The genus Diospyros, which is distributed in tropical and subtropical regions of the world, contains hundreds of plant species. However, four species of them have commercial importance. Persimmon D. In recent years, the cultivation of persimmon has found renewed interest in various countries of the Mediterranean basin.
Genetic Diversity and Breeding of Persimmon
Growing Oriental Persimmons in North Carolina | NC State Extension Publications
Horton, Extension Entomologist. Many of the numerous species of persimmon can be grown in Georgia. Our native persimmon, Diospyros virginiana , is found from Florida north to Connecticut, west to Iowa and south to Texas. Oriental persimmons, Diospyros kaki , were introduced into the United States less than a hundred years ago. They are not as familiar as native persimmons, but they are superior in quality. Native persimmons are known to be hardy to temperatures of degrees F below zero without apparent winter injury.
Home Garden Persimmons
Log In. The oriental persimmon, Diospyros kaki L. The tree has a compact spreading growth habit and low maintenance requirements. The ornamental beauty of its orange fruit and bright red foliage in the fall makes it an attractive plant in the home landscape. Oriental persimmon trees are relatively free from serious insect and disease problems.
The most widely cultivated of these is the Asian or Japanese persimmon, Diospyros kaki. A popular etymology construed this as "divine fruit", or as meaning "wheat of Zeus"  or "God's pear" and "Jove's fire". The word persimmon itself is derived from putchamin , pasiminan , or pessamin , from Powhatan , an Algonquian language of the eastern United States , meaning "a dry fruit". The tree Diospyros kaki is the most widely cultivated species of persimmon.