Are those fruits sticky? Are they just seeds in an otherwise empty shell when they mature? Are the leaves on young trees larger than the leaves on mature trees? Is your tree ever mistaken for catalpa? Mom had a tree like that, she called it Royal Paulownia.
MELVILLE!!! You’re a genius!!!
That is exactly it. I had always thought it was a catalpa until I saw the fruit. The bark is nothing like a persimmon and the leaves just didn’t seem right. Yes, the fruit is very sticky. Thank you!
An acre of empress trees can absorb 103 metric tons of carbon dioxide a year. Once the trees reach maturity, farmers harvest their wood for use in houses or musical instruments.
The characteristic large size of the young growth is exploited by gardeners: by pollarding the tree and ensuring there is vigorous new growth every year, massive leaves are produced (up to 23in/60 cm across). These are popular in the modern style of gardening which uses large-foliaged and "architectural" plants........
This seems like a great tree to add into a food forest for chop n drop if you want to add carbon and shade.
I see someone ided it for you already, but for future reference, download this app called PlantNet. It helps you I'd plants by a picture. Not always accurate but it offers a few choices to start looking at. I used it today to I'd berries I found in the woods and I'm still alive😊