Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) – A small deciduous tree that bears orange-colored fruit, which is delicious when completely ripe but will pucker the mouth if eaten before it gets soft and falls from the tree. The young bark is orange in fissures, later breaking into square, scaly thick plates reminiscent of charcoal briquettes (very unique). The tree is ideal for erosion control on hot dry slopes such as our red bluffs. Persimmons are a favorite of the opossum, our only native marsupial. The leaves are a food source for the larvae of the luna moth.