Lotus plum (Diospyros lotus)

Lotus plum (Diospyros lotus)

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Native to China and Asia Minor, the Lotus Plum hosts a decadent, plum-meets-date flavor when fully ripe. The small yellow fruit, when mature, takes on a blue-black color (and is rather astringent until that point). Eaten out-of-hand or cooked into jelly, many commonly dry the Lotus Plum to entice its date-like profile, hence the name Date Plum.

Diospyros lotus also goes by Caucasian Persimmon or Lilac Persimmon and is a member of the Ebenaceae family, related to Japanese persimmons. The strong rootstock is widely used for Asian persimmons. The tree is beloved not only for its fruits but also for its gorgeous golden leaves in fall and deep green summer foliage. 

Plant Type:
Tropical/Subtropical Evergreen Fruit Tree

Harvest Season:
Summer, Fall, Winter

Mature Size:
25-30 ft on average but can grow up to 80 ft in their native region

Soil & Moisture:
Adaptable; prefers well-drained soil that can hold moisture.

Light Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Shade


Growth Rate:

Zone Hardiness:
Outdoors 9-11 with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+. 

Large Pot Size: Grafted and capable to produce within 2-4 years.
X-Large Pot Size: Grafted and capable to produce within 1-3 years.

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Small: 2" Peat Pots
Medium: 4" Coconut Coir Pot
Large: 6" Peat Pot
X-Large: 8-10" Pot 
Citrus: 4x14" Pot

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Dig Deeper

In the world of Sapotes, Black Sapote (Diospyros digyna) is somewhat misunderstood:

Related to neither the Sapote (Pouteria sapota), nor the white Sapote (Casimiroa edulis), Black Sapote is actually in the persimmon family of plants, Ebenaceae.

The misalignment with Sapotes comes from the nature of its fruit, which shares the creamy texture characteristic of White Sapote and other Sapote like tropical fruits. 

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