Tree Philly added 2 new photos.Monday, November 20th, 2017 at 10:37am
American Persimmon trees are a sight to see in late autumn! After all the leaves have shed from the branches, the Persimmon fruit the color of sunset are left covering the tree. Diospyros virginiana fruit are ONLY ripe & edible once they fall from the tree following the first frost.
Country lore is to tease a new-comer by encouraging them to eat a Persimmon straight from the tree--only for the new-comer to find their lips puckering from the bitterness!
When ripe, Persimmon fruit are high in Vitamin C and are up to 34% sugar! You will know an American Persimmon is ripe when it falls naturally from the tree and the fruit is so fragile it feels like it could melt in your hand.
What do you make with Persimmons?
We really did it this season! Over the course of just five weeks, we gave away an astounding 1,345 trees! We are so grateful for the support of Fairmount Park Conservancy, TD, all our sponsors and volunteers, and of course everyone who got themselves a tree. Together we're making this the City of Arborly Love 🌳
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Tree Philly added 2 new photos.Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 at 9:45am
Did you notice all the Ginkgo trees dropped their leaves at the same time this past weekend?
Ginkgo biloba trees are living fossils, the species has remained mostly unchanged for 200 million years! Ginkgo trees are unique in the way they shed their leaves in autumn. Like all deciduous trees, they seasonally shed their leaves. Petioles (aka the stems of leaves) produce a protective layer of cells that work like a scar to protect trees from diseases entering the exposed tissue; once this layer is formed, the leaf falls off the tree. But unlike other trees, Ginkgo petioles simultaneously form this layer and drop with the first hard frost. This past weekend, Philadelphia had its first hard frost. Check out these photos of the Great Ginkgo Drop in South Philly!