|Persimmon green blossom buds|
The buds appear in new green growth, in the axil of the leaves. Since I undertook to blog about the persimmon flower, I did a bit of investigation. I discovered while looking at all the blossoms, there were only female blossoms on my tree!! Further investigation revealed that The Fuyu Persimmon bears only functionally female flowers ( with stamens present but sterile) that without fertilization produce seedless (parthenocarpic) fruit. However the presence of other Persimmon trees increases the number, the size and the tastiness of fruits. In my case, I have two Filipino neighbors to the back of my house, Eng Chun Hokkein at that! They each have a Fuyu Persimmon tree in their yard. The other neighbor to my left, envious of all the Persimmon we were getting, two years ago planted a tree of his own. There is a lot of Persimmon Love flowing in my neighborhood :) Hence, I get a bountiful crop of large Persimmons each year.
A fully opened Persimmon blossom. The four petal flower is light yellow in color.
The dried brown blossom naturally falling off. The young Persimmon fruit in gently protected by the sepals, which will `open' out, as the fruit gets bigger.
Young Persimmon fruit, nestled the center of the sepals. From afar, one would think that this is the Persimmon flower!
The Promise of Good Eats!