Flowers of the Persimmon (Kaki) Tree in Bloom
By Avi Landau
Out in the Japanese countryside, you are never very far from a kaki (persimmon) tree. Here in Tsukuba, they can be found in groves, large and small – and as individual trees in the the gardens of many homes. And while we can`t help but notice them in late autumn and early winter when they all but dominate the landscape with their leafless branches weighed down by the deeply hued orange orbs that are their fruit, they go all but unnoticed for the rest of the year.
Few people realize, in fact, the persimmon trees flower. With the trees` fresh spring leaves being so vividly green (they are famously used to wrap mackerel sushi – kaki no ha zushi – in Nara Prefecture) and the blossoms themselves so small and greenish that it really is hard to notice ( I remember first discovering them after a couple had fallen to the pavement near my house – I then looked up and voila!).
Since they are in bloom right now (late May 2018) – don`t miss the chance to have a good look at these unusual flowers on a kaki tree near YOU.