Watch out for Diospyros virginiana this time of year! These persimmons are gorgeous and perfect for your holiday baking or your Thanksgiving table. I found this American persimmon (also commonly known as eastern persimmon or common persimmon) near the University of Texas campus in Austin. Over the next month or so, you might notice the orange fruit clinging to the branches of this medium-sized tree. Here in Austin, these trees are shedding their beautifully colored leaves for the Fall. Wild persimmons can be used in cooking or eaten raw but make sure they’re squishy-ripe when you eat them since unripe persimmons are very astringent.