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Chinese persimmon Diospyros kaki

The Chinese persimmon (Diospyros kaki) is native to China, Japan and Korea. It has long been cultivated in the East for its tasty fruit, often called Sharon or Kaki fruits.

 Its glossy dark green leaves turn wonderful shades of orange, red and purple in the autumn, with the fruit appearing in late summer, and ripening after the leaves fall. The fruit is extremely astringent until it ripens and becomes soft, and can be harvested from the tree immediately following a hard frost, which jumpstarts the bletting process and speeds decay (bletting means that the fruit must be allowed to fully ripen and start the decaying process before they are ready to eat).

You can adopt this entire species for £2,000. Your donation will used to maintain the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership, ensure this species is kept safe forever in the vaults, and to collect more species in the future.

In addition to receiving your adoption pack featuring your certificate and photograph of the species (this will be posted to you, or the recipient), you will also be invited to a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Seed Bank, at Wakehurst. You'll meet the staff and see the vaults where your species is stored.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Jill Taylor on 020 8332 3248 or j.taylor@kew.org

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