Tasty fruit from Joel in SC

This tree is growing at the edge of a mixed hardwood forest in upstate SC. I feel that I should know this one but I’m not sure.
Thanks for the help!

Hi Joel,

this is a persimmon – a favorite fruit of people, raccoons and opossums.  The fruit has to be ripe though, when they are soft and orange, usually after a frost, but then they are really good!  Don’t try them before they are ripe…  The scientific name is Diospyros virginiana – a welcome tree in the mostly tropical ebony family.



Dr. Steven R. Hill, Botanist, SCNPS

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