Persimmony Polyculture 1
This polyculture is built around an "Early Golden" persimmon. Shrubs include "Gerardi Dwarf" mulberry, "Sweet Scarlet" goumi, and jostaberry. Herbaceous species are Russian comfrey, skirret, sea kale, sage, Astragalus glycyphyllos, and more. The soil is compacted clay, with sheet mulch. Everything has grown surprisingly rapidly. It was planted in 2005, these photos are from 2007.
This polyculture was featured in the book Edible Forest Gardens. Some changes were made from the initial design, notable the addition of the mulberry, and a different herbaceous understory composition.
In 2009 we hit full shade in the understory and transferred some species out. We added Asarum canadense, Dentaria diphylla, and Tiarella cordifolia as shade groundcovers. Here are some photos from this polyculture in 2009.