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Diospyros rhombifolia 'Miyakobeni'
Diospyros rhombifolia 'Miyakobeni'
Diospyros rhombifolia 'Miyakobeni'
Diospyros rhombifolia 'Miyakobeni'
Diospyros rhombifolia 'Miyakobeni'

Diospyros rhombifolia 'Miyakobeni'

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Miyakobeni Red Fruited Chinese Persimmon. The Japanese translation of this cultivar name means "metropolitan red." I have brought a number of cultivars of this species from Japan where it is a popular subject for bonsai. I was told that they were Diospyros cathayensis, but I believe that it is D. rhombifolia, because D. cathayensis is described as evergreen and these are certainly not evergreen. This is a gorgeous red-fruited cultivar which we first saw offered for $650.00 in a consignment nursery in Japan, but I waited a few years until the price came down before purchasing it. In the wild, fruit are described as orange. Most of them are grafted there, but these are from rooted cuttings from our parent plant. Our plants on their own roots flowered the second year and several plants were covered in fruit. I was thinking that this species was dioecious, but the reference in Flora of China simply describes male and female flowers but does not state whether it is dioecious or monoecious (separate male and female flowers on the same plant). But since ours have fruited with no males present, it would be assumed that it is the latter. Yoko Arakawa who has worked at Longwood Gardens told me that they had two plants of this species and that they both fruited. And the seed germinated quite well. So this is a mystery as to why seed could set on two female plants. In its natural habitat this species can reach 25 ft. at maturity, so one would have to perform some judicious pruning on their plant to keep it smaller. The last two pictures were taken from our plants in 3 quart containers.

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