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.
The California nursery catalogues are full of the Japan Persimmon. They issue colored illustrations, one of which exhibits the fruit as large as a full sized Baldwin apple, and as rich in color as a Trophy Tomato. They seem destined to play an important part in the fruit growing of the Pacific States. Henry Loomis has a paper in the California Horticulturist in which thirteen named varieties are described. In California it is said that the fruit of the Japan Persimmon "is not inferior in size or attractiveness to the Orange".
C. M., Havana, N. Y., asks: "Whether the Japan Persimmon will be hardy enough to stand the winters of Western New York," but we do not know of any one who has had the experience and could answer the question. If there be, we should be glad of the particulars.
I am glad of the information in the Monthly about Japan Persimmons. They are certainly a failure. Trees planted here last Fall are dead mostly. Winter-killed root and branch. The sooner the public are aware of the unhardy character of the tree the better. Agents will sell at least one thousand dollars worth of the stock in this country this season, from which unadvised purchasers are not likely ever to realize aught but disappointment.
This has been fruited in England and found delicious:, but it was grown in a house. It is thought perhaps they may succeed with it there out of doors trained to walls as apricots and peaches are.
C. H. S., Niles, Cal., writes: " I remember an ' editorial note ' of yours, which seemed in doubt as to whether the Japan Persimmon had fruited here. It has, and in a number of places over our State. Possibly fifty trees fruited last year, and twice that many this season; but of course bore only a few specimens apiece.