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Oct 11, 2009 02:51 PM

Persimmon Trees in UNC/Chapel Hill

Anybody know where the fruiting persimmon trees are in Chapel Hill? I found one in the Quad of the UNC campus but it wasn't bearing any fruit...

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  1. Crooks has persimmon pudding on the menu so someone must have them. I haven't seen any fruit on campus or at the farmer's market.

    1. I see a lot of fig trees around town (lucky enough to have one in the yard) but haven't seen persimmons. You've heard that they are around?

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      1. re: LulusMom

        Apparently they are (somewhat?) native to the area. The article mentions near the police station on MLK and Carrboro Elementary

        1. re: brokegradstudent

          Yeah, I saw that a while ago... I have yet to go search there but I was hoping that someone knew a tree even closer... Thanks though.

        2. re: LulusMom

          Would you mind telling me where on campus (or at least near it) I could find fig trees? I just tried it for the first time not too long ago... They were tasty!

          And yes, I've heard that they were around, but the closest I've gotten to finding one were obscure clues from a blog entry about persimmon trees in the area or an actual tree that didn't bear any fruit...

          1. re: wallabunny

            I've seen them (and I think we're way past the time of year the fruit would be on them) on 54 just past campus but before 15/501 (not sure if it is actually called 54 there, but you know the road I mean). I was walking there one morning and there were scads of figs just lying on the ground/sidewalk. Right side of the road if you're going away from campus.

            1. re: LulusMom

              Thank you! I'll be sure to check it out sometime. Did you pick them while they were in season?

              1. re: wallabunny

                No, I was a little nervous about taking them, not sure if they belong to the U or whatever. I've been told since that it is fine to take them if they're on the ground (and often quite good to eat still that way). And I have my own tree (although the birds usually get to the figs before I do).

        3. It is my experience, having been born and raised here, that folks don't tell everyone where their bearing persimmon trees are. To start with, persimmons are sexed, and you have to have a male and a female in order to get persimmons. Secondly, people who don't appreciate persimmons think they're a pain, and typically cut them down. Third, Folks as what do like persimmons don't want other folks to take them. My best advice if you want local persimmons is to cultivate farmer friends. It is highly unlikely you are going to find bearing persimmons anywhere but on private land.

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          1. re: fussycouple

            That's so sad! But thank you for the advice.

          2. wallabunny,

            A pollinator is not required for fruit set on Persimmon Trees but it is recommended for improved fruiting .The female tree produces fruit. Persimmon is native to the area. Demand for the fruit is not tremendously strong as many people don't seem to be aware of it.

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            1. re: Bluemold

              Hmmm... But the one at the Polk Place is supposed to be female but we haven't seen any fruits at all...

              1. re: wallabunny

                I would contact an Orange County Master Gardener or the County Agent at (919) 245-2050.

                Sometimes trees can be mislabeled. There could be other things going on too.