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Ginkgo

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Ginkgo tree

Ginkgo tree

Species

Ginkgo biloba

Family

Ginkgoaceae

Campus Location

Triangle in sidewalk northeast of Sunken Garden

Native Range

China

Description

  • The ginko biloba is a slow-growing, gaunt and striking tree.
  • Its leaves have an unusual, two-lobe shape and turn a striking yellow in autumn.
  • Female specimens, such as the one on East Campus, can bear orange fruits consisting of an edible nut surrounded by soft, smelly flesh.
  • Deciduous, it generally grows 65 to 115 feet tall, but some specimens in China can grow much taller.
  • The ginko biloba has no serious susceptibilities.
  • Landscape uses include specimen, street tree, shade, parks and large open areas.

History and significance:
Millions of years ago, ginkgo and dawn redwood trees grew in Washington, but geological and climate shifts altered the horticultural landscape. Today, both trees are found in the wild in China, where the ginkgo is planted around temples.

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