My 4-5 years old persimmon tree that looked healthy and produced good fruits, does not appear to be healthy anymore..... please refer to pictures for details. After all, it bloomed very good this season but then after few months it dropped fruits, leaves... and has many dead branches now which I pruned... any help would be appreciated!!!
Persimmon trees need rotting wood in the soil or they don't survive well. This is an adaptation the trees made about 10,000 years ago, it prevents a mother tree from being in competition with its children.
Most persimmon trees in the wild are not so close that there isn't enough forest floor litter for the seeds to germinate, they also germinate best once they have passed through a gut system.
The animals that usually spread these seeds are raccoons, deer and bear.
I have seven persimmon trees that all have the same mother tree, the closest one is about 50 feet from the outer edge of that mother tree's branches and the babies are in a multiple fall down area, it came up through the middle of the two rotting trunks.
One tree I pulled the rotting log away to get at a cedar seedling and forgot to replace the log, that tree suddenly got leaf yellowing and browning. When I replace the rotting log I moved, the persimmon tree recovered and the next year if produced its first fruit.