transplanted persimmon a goner?

nothwehrJune 1, 2013

I moved a persimmon tree from one spot in my yard to another about 9 days ago. I had moved small fruit trees before with success and thought if I chose a cool wet period it would be ok. Well, it started drooping within hours and hasn't really recovered (see pics). Some leaves have fallen off. However, the leaves on the lowest branches look ok. Afterwards I read about persimmons having a taproot and that they often don't do well when when transplanted.

Anyway, I'm wondering if this tree is a goner. I have another persimmon tree waiting in the wings to plant in this spot. My thinking is that even if the tree survives but is set back a year or two it would probably be worth replacing it now with a healthy tree. I would be interested to hear your opinions.

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nothwehr

Here's another pic...

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 7:17AM
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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)

It is a natural reaction to being moved while it is growing. Would of course have been better to move it while it was dormant but I bet you know that:) My bet is it will survive if kept watered.....would do better if you could give it some shade but realize that is not easy to do.

Far as if you would be better off replacing it......roll the dice but I would give this tree a chance to recover.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 9:31AM
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Tony(Zone 5. Omaha, Nebraska)

Rhewhton,

Like you said, persimmon has a very deep tap root, but it is best to transplant it during dormant season. You are in zone 7, so anytime in the late fall or early spring before the tree leafed out. Your current tree still look green and stunted. You can put a shade cloth over it to protect it from the sun and just wait for a couple of weeks to see if the tree recovers from the transplant shock. Good luck.

Tony

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 9:39AM
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nothwehr

OK, thanks for your advice. I guess my other question is whether it would make any sense to prune away the upper canopy of the tree. Maybe not since the tree is purging its own leaves as needed. Anyway, I'll think I'll give it a couple of weeks and see what happens.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 9:50AM
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