The native american persimmon is getting more attention.  This tree is happy to live at the edge of your yard or in a sunny or filtered light situation in the woods.  The sweet fall fruits are enjoyed by most wild animals; raccoons, opossums, fox, coyote, etc.  I suspend a net under the trees to collect the fruit for myself.  This keeps the e-coli and debris off of the food for safe consumption.  The fruit is astringent and unpalatable until after the first frost but if left to develop and mature they are delicious.  I am experimenting with a persimmon/apple hard cider.

England’s Orchard and Nursery in McKee, KY have been collecting varieties from local plantsmen for years.  Check out their offerings on their website or visit the nursery.