This American Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) is one of the two trees I've chosen to celebrate in 2011. It's a "yard tree", growing just outside of our vegetable garden. Choosing a yard tree has advantages. Observing and photographing will be easy. Also, this persimmon and I are old friends. We've known each other for the past twenty-five years. The disadvantage is that it will be impossible for me to photograph this old friend without including a lot of yard and garden clutter. So be it. The tree is more important than the clutter.
Persimmon facts: Persimmons are members of the ebony family (Ebenaceae). There are about 200 species of ebonies worldwide. Most are tropical. Persimmons are the only member of the ebony family native to North America.
Celebrate a tree in 2011. It's easy: Observe, photograph, sketch, discuss and share with other tree huggers. Please click the logo above for participation details.