I could have let Hickory have this photo for his Nature’s Mysteries posts, but it’s just too good to pass on.
We’ve been munching on this fruit – a rare treat for squirrels in the suburbs. Some of those country squirrels may be able to sneak into orchards and grab fruit, but very few suburbanites plant fruit trees. We’re lucky enough to have one of the wild native ones: Common Persimmon, Diospyros virginiana.
The leaves are rather plain, and covered with the black spots of a fungus right now, so you might miss the tree. But once you spot it covered in the orange fruits, you’ll be back fall after fall, just like us.