A medium-sized, deciduous tree with dark bark, oblong, shiny green leaves and tiny flowers followed by cherry-sized fruits that are edible but rather bland in taste and somewhat reminiscent of dates and plums. Diospyros lotus is widely distributed from Turkey through Iran and along the Himalayas to China and Korea to 2000 m. It has been in cultivation for thousands of years for its fruits and is best suited temperate climates in USDA Zone 7 to 10.
Sowing: From November to May. First soak the seeds in lukewarm water for 24 hours. Then sow them in sowing mix at put the whole in the fridge for 2 to 3 months. Let them germinate afterwards at a temperature of 20-25 degC. Or sow seeds outside in the winter.