In Japanese, Saijo means "The very best one". That might explain why this variety is wildly popular amongst persimmon enthusiasts. In the spring, the self-fertile Saijo persimmon tree produces gorgeous light pink to white flowers. In late September and early October this oblong, astringent fruit is ready to be gently plucked from the tree for fresh eating. The sweet, yellow flesh of the Saijo persimmon has very few seeds which enhances the eating experience, but this tree is not done showing its potential. In the late fall, the leaves of this tree turn orange, red, and yellow adding beauty to your landscape. "The very best one" indeed.