Ginkgo biloba – Maidenhair Tree

Ginkgo biloba on the list of my favorite trees (okay, being a tree hugger, the list *is* long, but I do have a couple of trees I don’t care for). In Woodlawn Cemetery in Canandaigua, NY there is a peaceful road lined with Ginkgo biloba trees, and in the fall the Ginkgo trees are really pretty with their golden yellow leaves:

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Its bark reminds me of reptilian skin:

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Did you know that Ginkgo is the only species surviving in the order Ginkgoales? Plants in the order Ginkgoales were around 150-250 million years ago! Which makes Ginkgo one of the oldest living tree species. People thought it was extinct until it was found in China in 1689.

Ginkgo trees make good street trees since it is pollution resistant, it gives nice shade, it grows straight, and as I mentioned above, the fall foliage color is really pretty.One of my tree books describes the leaves looking like duck’s feet. For more photos of Ginkgo, click here.

The only problem I’ve found with Ginkgo is if you are growing a female tree, you won’t know it until you see and smell their very stinky rotting fruit! It smells just like a sewer to me. I was walking around PSU’s college campus with one of my professors and all of a sudden something really stinky hit my nose and underneath my feet were the orange fruits from the female ginkgo tree. Even so, I think this tree is well worth having around! What do you think? Do you like Ginkgo trees?