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The Folklore of Diospyros virginiana
(common, or American persimmon)
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"Possum up a 'simmon tree
Raccoon on the ground
Possum says you son of a gun
Lay my 'simmons down."

       - mid to late 1800s, author unknown.  The verse also forms a portion of the traditional song "Bile Dem Cabbage
in various permutations in black spirituals, and many other folk songs. 

Weather Forecasting Using Persimmon Seeds - folklore widely known in the native range of the persimmon