Bench 6. Persimmon
(This bench is a ways off the trail to the left and can be easy to miss.) In summer, notice the large spikes of blue flowers growing in the water. These are pickerel weed. Also notice the three young persimmon trees to the right of the bench. Persimmons bear male and female flowers on separate trees. These are all female trees and are often loaded with fruit in the fall. Raccoons, opossums, and other wildlife relish the fruits as do humans. Under-ripe persimmons are mouth-puckering. Be sure to wait until they are soft to try them.