Try Gurneys. They are a mail order place that sells all kinds of fruit trees and flowers. We ordered 6 persimmon trees last year. 2 of them made it through to this year. We also bought one at a local nursery, it's growing much better than the mail order trees. But it was in better shape also. We got them out a little late last spring and missed all the good rain. I prefer to set trees in the late fall / winter here. That way they get all the spring weather. Easy to grow.
Yea a few years. I'd also say it depends on how you take care of them. And that's not from a foresters point of view either. I planted a white oak in my front yard and had acorns after 8 years. Everyone told me it would take at least 20. But I babied it with miricle grow and pesticides. Nice tree. It grew from 1' tall to 22-23' in 12 years, trunk is about 12" in diameter. But I'd say it's the exception rather than the rule.
Something that has been very successful for me with all trees, is to plant at the right time of year first. But the biggest thing I do is when I plant a new tree I cut a piece of 2" - 3" dia. PVC 1 - 2 feet long and place it in the ground straight in to the root system. Then during the growing season every 2 - 3 weeks I go and put about a gallon of Miracle Grow in the pvc this gets the nutrients straight to the root system and gives the new trees a good boost for the first year or so. After a year or two I pull the PVC out and use it on another tree. This process has worked well on Leyland cypress trees and all the fruit trees I have planted. It's a little extra work but it has payed off in the long run.
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