This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A few years ago I purchased a dozen Japan Persimmon plants, desiring to be ahead in possessing so reputable a novelty. I kept one plant under protection during the Winter season, and left the rest out; but they were all dead in the Spring. The other I kept protected in the Winter until it should get strong when I thought it certainly would take care of itself. By last Fall it had a stem about three inches round, and the whole plant was about four feet high, and I thought now if ever it ought to be able to take care of itself, so it was left out as other trees are without any protection. But this Spring it is dead, root and branch. The season as recently noted in the Gardener's Monthly, has been very unfavorable for the twiggy evergreens on account of the very high and cold winds which prevailed; but for deciduous trees the Winter was a fair average one. I have on my grounds some plants of the Oregon Sycamore Maple which always looses some portions of its branches, in proportion to the severity of the Winter; but this season it has suffered rather less than usual.
I feel quite sure that we shall never be able to grow the Japan Persimmon in the vicinity of Philadelphia.