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[nafex] Male Persimmon

Hello all:

As you guessed, I do intend to use the results as yard trees.

The female persimmons and unselected males have pretty clean foliage
right up to the end.  I suspect that Michigan has lower humidity than
Tennesee/North Carolina....or at least shorter periods of high
temp/humidity.  I do know a couple of ways to enhance fall color but
they are borderline cruel.  One is to starve them for Nitrogen.  The
other is to wrap about three turns of barbed wire around the trunk.
Better to start with trees that *want* to give you fall color.

Persimmons are pretty little trees.  The larger leaved selections have
a tropical look to them.  I think they would be spectacular with hot
orange-to-scarlet fall colors.  Sassafras was a consideration (for
color) but they seem to be easily damaged in ice storms.

                                     Joe Hecksel
                                     Eaton Rapids, Michigan

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