Eastern persimmon is a lovely small- to medium-sized tree (up to sixty feet tall x thirty feet in spread) with lustrous foliage, dark green in summer and rich golden in fall, and beautiful bark. A member of the Ebony family, it is prized for its high quality, hard heartwood (used to be used for golf club heads) as well as for its abundant, sweet fruit. It is tolerant of a wide variety of growing conditions, and is found in deep, moist alluvial soils of stream bottoms, and also in drier, upland sites of the Piedmont and upper Coastal Plain. The fruit is mouth-puckering tart until the first frost, after which it becomes delicious. The sweet fruits are eaten by a great many birds and mammals as well as by people, and the foliage supports many insects and serves as host for native caterpillars, including the breathtaking luna moth caterpillar. So it is a great food source for people AND a great wildlife plant. Grow it in full sun or part shade, away from sidewalks, and learn to make tantalizing, delicious persimmon-based culinary treats.