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American Persimmon

Diospyros virginiana The American or common persimmon, also called simmon, possumwood, and Florida persimmon is a slow-growing, moderately sized tree native to southeastern North America. The fruit is about 1 to 2 inches in diameter. Unripe fruit, which is high in … Continue reading

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Pindo Palm

Pindo Palm trees originated in Argentina and grow well in Florida, Zones 7-10.  They are a very hardy  palm that will grow in almost any soil type.  The large palm trunk forms slowly and is topped by a massive circle … Continue reading

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Sassafras Tea, the Original Hillbilly Tonic

In the Virginia Colony of the 17th century, Sassafras was one of the major exported commodities to England.  The wood was prized for it’s beauty and durability and the roots had many medicinal uses.  Sir Walter Raleigh was the first … Continue reading

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Persimmons

Nothing will make your mouth pucker more than an unripe persimmon.  All of your saliva just seems to solidify to a solid mass that can’t be spit out.  Even after the fruit looks golden yellow and ready to eat, you … Continue reading

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Wild Plums

Few trees are as beautiful as the wild plums blooming in early spring.  This picture was taken at the end of February in the 40 acre woods.  The white blooms cover the whole tree before the new leaves bud out. … Continue reading

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Loquats

Loquats are one of my favorite trees.  They can be found all over the south, generally used as a decorative tree due to its shiny green leaves that stay on all winter. In fact, the loquat produces fruit here in … Continue reading

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Cold Hardy Citrus

Cold hardy citrus, it seems like a myth here in central Florida.  Every time the temperature gets below 35 degrees scores of reporters pack their gear and head into the orange groves to see what the farmers are going to do … Continue reading

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