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Common Persimmon

Beaver Trail

In addition to the paw paw, another native tree with edible fruit at Mallows Bay is the common persimmon. The sweet, orange fruit ripens in autumn and attracts wildlife such as deer, raccoons, and several bird species. Persimmon trees are also a host plant for the caterpillars of several moth species, such as the luna moth, a large green moth that has been documented at Mallows Bay but is rarely seen due its short one-week lifespan as an adult.

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