We had a rough start, you and me.
But after a few years, playing under your tree,
I've come to love thee!
Really though... when we first moved in, we had no idea what kind of tree it was that provided such beautiful shade and stood as the figure piece for our backyard, that was not yet a yard at all. After a season, we learned it was a persimmon tree! So fun! After doing some poor research, and giving it an undeserving hack job, it went through a bit of a rough season. But this year... THIS YEAR... I fell in love with our little tree and the harvest was plenty. Maybe trees just need to be loved to produce well (and we added it to the drip system this year... poor thing). And by loved, I mean embraced as a part of our yard: yoga under the tree, using it as a "secret look out," and it acting as a "fielder" to our son's line-drives. It's a part of our yard now, which is a part of our family space.