Diospyros virginiana, also known as possum apples, is native to Eastern and Midwest America. It is cultivated for its fruit but also grows wild. The fruit is edible for humans but is also sought out by possums, skunks, deer, raccoons, birds, and squirrels. Wikipedia
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