USDA Zone Shipment timing:
Plant Zones 6: Late September
Plant Zones 7-8: October – November
Plant Zones 8-9: November – late November
For more information see the Ordering & Shipping section below.
The name ‘Saijo’ translates to “the very best one”. It is astringent, medium-sized (3″ long), and egg-shaped, with incredible, rich flavor. Very cold hardy and ripens in Mid-Sept to Mid-October. When you harvest it, you can pluck off the cap and eat out the flesh from the open end. Very prolific bearer. A popular variety for deer and wildlife. The original tree in Japan is over 600 years old. It was a favorite of Dr. Dunstan and is called the very best for a reason! Cold hardy to USDA plant zone 6-9. New trees can produce fruit in 2-3 years depending on care and climate. The success of new trees is heavily dependent on the care received during and after planting.
|Height||15' - 20'|
|Spread||15 - 20'|
|Tree Form||Central Leader|
|USDA Zone||6 - 9|
|Blooms||May - June|
|Drops Fruit or Nuts||September - October|
|Soil||Adapted to upland, well drained, sandy clay or loam. Can handle wet soil if seasonal and well drained|
|Soil pH||6.0 - 7.0|
|Light requirements||Full Sun|
|Pollination||Self-fertile, grafted. Each additional tree will increase pollination for better mast production|
|Spacing||25' - 40'|
|Pruning||Most persimmon trees require minimal pruning, especially once they’re bearing fruits. Pruning is usually restricted to controlling the tree’s size or removing dead, diseased, and damaged branches. Prune any suckers that develop.|
|Fertilization||It is not recommended to fertilize trees at the time of planting or young trees. Excessive fertilizing may cause premature fruit drop. Apply a balanced slow release fertilizer after the tree is established and begins to break dormancy in spring.|
|Watering||Newly planted trees should be watered regularly. This is the most critical step in the establishment of your new trees. Please see the Watering section under "How to plant and grow" in our Learning Center.|
At Chestnut Hill Outdoors, we’ve been shipping mail order trees for over 30 years. We’re experts at delivering healthy trees to your doorstep. All of our trees are container grown in root-enhancing pots, ensuring healthy root systems and much better success upon planting.
Spring: All trees are shipped bare-root.
Fall: All trees are shipped in containers.
Size shipped: 18 – 36 inches
For more information, visit our Ordering & Shipping Page.