Kaki fruit is another term for persimmon. Persimmon has several varieties, of which Kaki is one along with the Asian Persimmon and Korean mango. Persimmon is an edible fruit that is native to Asia; it has few seeds and is rich in many nutrients and minerals, such as Vitamins A and C.
Persimmon fruits grow on trees, as do many other varieties of hard-shelled fruits. They belong to the larger class of deciduous trees and originated in central China. Persimmon trees grow in the wild, although they are mostly raised commercially on farms. The first persimmon trees arose thousands of years ago in China and approximately 1,300 years ago in Japan. Persimmon trees prefer warm and humid growing conditions. They thrive in temperate to tropical locations and grow best in full or partial sunlight. They can go for relatively long periods without water and tolerate high temperatures. Persimmon trees are identified by their multitrunk structure; they may reach 25 feet in height and grow equally wide. They are classified as ornamental trees and bear drooping leaves and branches that are relatively brittle, fragile and susceptible to damage in high winds. Persimmon leaves appear in alternating shapes, are simple and ovate and are often pale yellow-green in color as juveniles, turning dark and glossy green as they age.