Diospyros virginiana / Ebony Family
Persimmon trees are dioecious, the tree in this picture has male flowers. I found this tree blooming in mid-May at Clark Center Recreation Park on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge. After shedding their pollen, the male flowers fall to the ground (in the plant kingdom, males are expendible!).
When I was young, a neighbor had a persimmon tree; I used to string the flowers like beads on a grass stem to make a necklace. Since the single flowers look a bit like a child's molar tooth, I once played a trick on my mother by giving her one in hopes that I might get some extra money from the Tooth Fairy! It didn't work! :)
Perennial - Tree
Where seen:Oak Ridge Greenways, Great Smoky Mountains NP, University of Tennessee Arboretum, Warriors' Path SP