Persimmon trees not leafing

Hi everyone,
In February I planted two bare root persimmon trees, that looked perfectly fine. I’ve trimmed the top part because the main trunk was too high, and I watered regularly. Its April now and some of my previously planted persimmons have already pushed out leaves, but these two did not. The average temperature is around 10-20 degrees so I don’t know why they wouldn’t leaf. Anyways, I’ve scratched the trunk with my nails and I found out that the inside is still green. By moving the shallow dirt around the tree, I also saw some tiny roots coming out from the main roots of both trees. Do they have any chance? I also have 2 persimmon trees of the same cultivars in pots in case these two don’t make it , should I just substitute them or should I wait a bit?


When I planted my persimmon the same thing happened. As long as the cambium is still green its still alive. I would give it another two weeks and see if the buds start to swell at all.

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I had a bareroot persimmon I planted not leaf out until June last year.

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Persimmon don’t leaf out yet be patient they are some of the latest.

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ok! im glad to hear that, i hope i didnt break any newformed roots in while checking. i really do hope it will work!

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Agree with others,
Last year I had a grafted Hachiya that never leafed out even though the prior fall when I planted it, it looked very healthy from the nursery. So about mid June I was frustrated and asked the nursery to send a replacement. They did. As I dug the old one up, I decided to pot it and wait on spring. This spring now it’s growing like crazy! So wait and do not over water!

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Persimmons are known for that.
They can wait forever to leaf out.
probably a survival mechanism in the wild when the plant is stressed.
Just water once a week- Unless it rains.
Don’t keep it too wet.

Agreed, My persimmon did not leaf in mid april (very late for my area) and I got frustrated and returned it to the nursery. I think it was still alive, looking back.

Don’t dig it up ever until mid-July in wherever a climate. That’s gonna be the end for any tree whether planted last year, or, 15-years-ago.

What I always do after evaluating bark for signs of greying which is the typical-same as sunburn … is to see that greyness that may … or may not be along a trunk –

That’s when I know something is burnt whether from weather or from resultant of deadoning tissue.

Good luck … scratch it for signs of lovely-green-ness.


I have one tree lagging way behind the others and is just starting to swell. All the others are well leafed out. If you still get a green scratch test you have no choice but to wait and see. Like others said, usually stress.

@Vincent_8B has a tree that did not leaf for over a season. That is 1.5 years!
Now it is well established, last time I saw a photo.

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Yes, usually happens on Izu persimmon.

You have Izu? Has it fruited for you? My Izu isn’t Izu. I bought some scion wood from Fruitwood Nursery so after this cold rainy spell I’m going to graft my persimmons including Izu onto what was supposed to be Izu.

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where did you get your izu that was not a izu?

Burnt Ridge. It was a Dave Wilson tree, they don’t carry any more. I told them after it finally fruited. They sent me an Olympian fig and some scions for the trouble. I don’t hold it against them.

I bought some Izu scions from Fruitwood Nursery I’ll use to topwork it.


I got a Dave Wilson Izu last year. One of the slowest growing trees I have. I hope it is the correct variety

The fact that it is slow growing is a good sign. Izu is supposed to form a naturally small tree. My “Izu” was my most vigorous kaki - compared to Chocolate, Coffeecake, Fuyugaki and Saijo.

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One of the two finally shows some green!


Just as I got excited over the leafing of my Sharon persimmon, a disaster happened.
My aunt called some gardeners to cut the grass over a big slope in my garden which is really hard to cut unless you have the proper equipment.
Problem is, they started cutting the grass also around my few persimmon trees. The result is, the lower part of the rootstock’s bark got damaged. Fortunately, not al the bark around it, but I would say at least a 60-70%. Is the tree worth keeping or should I start from scratch next year?
Thank you very much!

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Oh no! Plants and contractors don’t mix! I’d say watch the tree and let it tell you.If it grows well, it should heal over those wounds. You can also try bridge grafting to get over those gaps and make a faster repair.