Arboretum
"A man does not plant a tree for himself, he plants it for posterity." - Alexander Smith   
Ginkgo
(Ginkgo biloba)

Donated by Kenneth and Donna Ingersoll
Tree Map Location: # 134
In Honor of Our Daughters: Jessica, Jennifer and Kassandra

Ginkgo tree Ginkgo leaf Ginkgo twig Ginkgo bark Ginkgo fruit


Leaf: Alternate, simple, fan-shaped, 2 to 3 inches long and wide; parallel, fan-like veination, may be irregularly 2 to 3 lobed at the broad edge or just wavy, petiole long, light green above and below.  
Flower: Dioecious; tiny green males are borne on 1 inch long catkins; female "cones" are 1 1/2 to 2 inch long peduncles, bearing 1 to 2 ovules, present in mid-spring.  
Fruit: Actually a naked seed; 1 inch long, with a fleshy covering that develops a strong, unpleasant odor when it drops to the ground, inner hard seed is edible, maturing in the fall after the first frost.  
Twig: Light reddish brown, becoming gray with numerous and obvious spur shoots; buds are broadly conical to dome-shaped and reddish brown.  
Bark: Light grayish brown with irregular ridges, eventually becoming deeply furrowed.  
Form: Usually a narrow, oval crown when young, eventually developing an irregular, much broader crown of a few large branches. Spur shoots are obvious.  
Source: College of Natural Resource Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University  
Website: http://www.cnr.vt.edu/dendro

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