In the second half of the 19th century some gardens in Tuscany were transformed and new species were introduced. Persimmon species were also introduced at the end of the century and some specimens are still present in the gardens, beautifying them with their outstanding ornamental features. In addition, due to the double attitude of these species, they were also largely planted outside peasants' houses. In the last 30 years most of these houses have been restored into permanent residences, or "country houses", and some owners have chosen to revert the countryside back to how it was before the 20th century, that is, before the introduction of new types of gardens sometimes alien to this countryside. At present, though, the interest in persimmon species suited for ornamental, and landscape purposes is still not very widespread. Thus, the development of a successful Diospyros ornamental nursery industry would be greatly enhanced if it were possible to spread the use of genotypes showing peculiar and original features. Some varieties have, in fact, potential uses as ornamentals because of their thick and beautiful foliage as well as their plentiful fruit which remain on the trees until January, well after leaf fall.

Gardens and panoramic views in Tuscany: the ornamental role of persimmons / Ferrini, Francesco; Pennati, L.. - In: ADVANCES IN HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE. - ISSN 0394-6169. - STAMPA. - 22:(2008), pp. 255-260.

Gardens and panoramic views in Tuscany: the ornamental role of persimmons

Ferrini, Francesco;PENNATI, LAURA
2008

Abstract

In the second half of the 19th century some gardens in Tuscany were transformed and new species were introduced. Persimmon species were also introduced at the end of the century and some specimens are still present in the gardens, beautifying them with their outstanding ornamental features. In addition, due to the double attitude of these species, they were also largely planted outside peasants' houses. In the last 30 years most of these houses have been restored into permanent residences, or "country houses", and some owners have chosen to revert the countryside back to how it was before the 20th century, that is, before the introduction of new types of gardens sometimes alien to this countryside. At present, though, the interest in persimmon species suited for ornamental, and landscape purposes is still not very widespread. Thus, the development of a successful Diospyros ornamental nursery industry would be greatly enhanced if it were possible to spread the use of genotypes showing peculiar and original features. Some varieties have, in fact, potential uses as ornamentals because of their thick and beautiful foliage as well as their plentiful fruit which remain on the trees until January, well after leaf fall.
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