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.
In the September number of the Gardener's Monthly, Mr. Samuel Parsons, of Flushing, N. Y., criticises my remarks on the hardiness of the Japanese Persimmon. I gave my experience because you asked for information about its hardiness. Mr. Parsons says the American Persimmon is a Southern tree, rarely found indigenous with us, etc. Mr. A. J. Downing, in his Landscape Gardening, says, page 244: "The Highlands of the Hudson, and about the same latitude on the Connecticut, is its Northern limit." I have been perfectly acquainted with groves of the native tree in two different localities in Central Ohio; and the trees, old and young, are perfectly hardy there.
I could show Mr. Parsons plants in my own grounds not over two feet high, which passed through last winter without losing a bud. If Mr. Parsons' experience is, that young trees of four to six feet cannot be left out unprotected, the native tree there and here is very different.
As I stated in my former remarks on the Japanese varieties, I planted them one year ago last Spring. Both varieties were grafted on the common stock, four inches above ground. I may now say, further, that I turned a flour barrel over each one last Fall, before cold weather set in. Last Spring I was about to order six more varieties, but first examined the ones I already had; and to my chagrin found the tops and bodies of both were killed to the junction of the graft. The native stock to the ground was uninjured. Both of the Japanese kinds had made a pretty good growth the season before.
I feel justified in my former remarks about expensive curiosities that only ended in chagrin, for I have spent several hundred dollars for trees and shrubs which proved tender, some of which I tried the third time.