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  1. #1
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    Default American Persimmon trees

    I was walking under the male American Persimmon trees at my dads trees the other day (no females to produce fruit) and stopped dead in my tracks to look up for a swarm but instead the entire tree was buzzing with bees. Honeybees, bumble bees and a variety of smaller native bees I couldn't identify. Was really quite impressive. Anyone know how much honey bees can get out of persimmon trees?

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    Default Re: American Persimmon trees

    Not a clue about that, but we have a persimmon that fruits each year. Makes a really good jelly, so long as you don't abuse the fruit.. Else you get chalk mouth. Blargh.

    I thought though that they were self fertile?

    Chances are it's just a pollen source for them as blooms are small.

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    Default Re: American Persimmon trees

    Frank Pellett,in "American Honey Sources",lists it as a valuable honey plant,yielding a light,agreeable honey.It is listed as one of the main sources of honey in South Carolina and Kansas.

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    Default Re: American Persimmon trees

    Awesome. I've yet to see anything on my tree though.. But I can tell you the fruit dumped after making a jelly infusion is a major attractant to bees.

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    Default Re: American Persimmon trees

    tried persimmon honey this last week at a beekeeping meeting.with ...keith felder....IT WAS GOOD.....greg
    22 hives and holding

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    Default Re: American Persimmon trees

    the asian persimons I believe are self-fertile. Dont know about the natives

  7. #7
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    Default Re: American Persimmon trees

    American Persimmons require not just two trees, but male and female. I don't know how you can tell them apart but there is a way. I have one tree that is covered with flowers every year but bears no fruit.

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