Wild Fall Fruits

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.

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2 thoughts on “Wild Fall Fruits

  1. yay! we just moved back to va and found a great piece of land and awesome house. today while pulling my son around in his wagon, i noticed “ping pong balls” on a tree. silly, i know. but after investigating more, its also a persimmon tree. our tree also has the icky leaf fungus, is there anything i can do or does it just happen and go away?

    • Hi Kristirose,
      Somehow I missed your comment in all our scurrying to get acorns. I’m sorry! We’re not sure what the fungus on your persimmon tree might be. I hope you can get it looked at by an arborist, or take some leaves in to your local nursery or better yet, the cooperative extension service. (Maybe send a photo of the leaves in? We think Virginia Tech is their main headquarters, or at least works with them.) The Virginia Master Gardener program people can often help. We sure hope you can clear it up, because after Hickory looked into Persimmons we learned many of the nighttime mammals (ones we don’t see often!) eat them. No wonder they disappear so quickly!

      Thanks for leaping by to see us!
      Nutmeg

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