A smashed fruit reveals the large seeds inside. The edible fruit is quickly consumed by animals such as foxes, raccoons, opossums, deer and turkeys. To me, the fruit tastes like a sweet mixture of oranges and plums, but with a bitter after taste left in my mouth a few minutes later.
This is a small specimen with only a five inch diameter trunk. The bark hasn’t yet taken on the blocky appearance of the mature Persimmon. If you want to learn to identify trees in their leafless condition, the best place to start is by studying the bark while the leaves are still on and you’re sure of what you’re looking at.
This tree has a defect at its base that will probably shorten its life. Judging by the shape of this opening and the vertical depression on the trunk above, I would guess that this tree began life as a stump sprout from a sapling that died back to the ground. The new sprout probably grew around the old stump and when the old stump finally decomposed, this hole was left.
The upper part of the tree shows a lot of character. The fruit sometimes stays on the tree well into winter. A woods-wise individual once advised me to use caution when shaking a Persimmon tree and not to look up to watch the fruit fall because a Persimmon in the eye can hurt. I would hope most people would figure that out without having to be told.