21 responses to “Ginkgo biloba”

  1. Tierney R Rosenstock

    amazing photo perspective

  2. Denis Dooley

    There are many, many cultivars of Ginkgo, but is anyone aware of one that has a fall color in orange or red? Every one I’ve ever seen turned yellow in the fall.

    I’ve read that the only thing that saved these from extinction was a affinity by Buddhists from planting them on temple grounds. I’m not sure if that story has held up, but it definitely stuck with me from reading about it in high school, sometime late in the last century.

  3. DrBob

    In India, this is known as the “golden rain tree”. Walk beneath one with a gentle breeze in late October for the full effect.

    1. Piotr Krasinski

      How strange as in Europe and the USA Koelreuteria paniculata is the tree known as the Golden Rain Tree.

  4. Gary Wayner

    My tree turns golden in the Fall. After the 1st frosty morning all of the leaves cascade to the ground as the tree warms. It only takes one day to clear the tree. Quite a site! Our original trees were planted here in Alabama about 1880. My tree was planted from one of those cones about 40 years ago.

  5. Floater

    Covers much of what there is to know about the ginkgo:
    Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot,
    by Crane, Peter R.

  6. Lynn Cook

    My mother planted a Ginkgo in northern New Jersey, probably in 1946 when my parents bought the house in which I grew up, I loved coming down to breakfast following the first hard frost, to see each and every leaf on the ground! I think it is now considered a NJ state champion tree~~~ Lynn Cook

  7. GinaPDX

    The first time I heard of ginkgo trees was when I visited the Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park in Washington as a child. This has given (living) ginkgos a special meaning to me ever since.

  8. Sue Frisch

    Fabulous photo!

  9. Wendy Cutler

    Where I grew up, my neighbours had a female Ginkgo biloba. There is a reason why one doesn’t see many trees with fruits (the smell of the female flowers, IIRC), and I was exited when I first saw a street tree in Vancouver that had them. I’ve since found a beautiful female specimen in a Vancouver front yard, have been impressed that the owners have kept it.

  10. Nancy Klepper

    I have heard it’s from the Jurassic Era and will outlive any native – just about anywhere…. Also that the jelly from the smelly ( fruit) is pretty good ( haven’t tried it myself)

  11. Patrick Wire

    I worked in a library that had mistakenly planted male and female trees. I can still smell the horrible perfume from the fallen fruit. Sorry but there is no better description than cat piss.

  12. michael aman

    I transplanted a seedling about eight years ago and it is now over 20 feet tall. I found out after the fact that I will now have to wait until it matures to find out if I have a male or female. And if female, I will miss the tree when I have to cut her down. Wendy, I also read about the terrible stench of the fruit and couldn’t believe that it was really true. So–you guessed it–when I finally found a tree in fruit, I opened one in the car. My friend and I were driven out of the car as if we had been hit by a locomotive. A cross between dog feces and spoiled milk.

  13. Pierre-Charles Crozat

    In the city of Saint Priest (France) where I worked for the parks board for many years, an indelicate nursery had sold us female Ginkgo that are now fully mature. They do smell, no question about it, but I never receieved a complaint from a local. The smell comes and goes and lovely little “nuts” are left behind that I used to roast and eat, like the Japanese do…can’t do that with a male tree!!!

  14. Rachel

    This is a stunning photo. Every year I wait in anticipation for the huge Ginkgos in our local park to turn to get such a view, despite the fact that one of the trees is female and thus truly repellent. Maybe I’ll swipe a few seeds and try to plant them anyway… You cant beat that color.
    I was delighted to find that the older Ginkgo biloba entry was part of a prehistoric plant series. Its timely for me, since I have been poring over a pretty informative paleobotany website (https://sites.google.com/site/paleoplant/) as of late. It was great to see some of the main characters featured in BPoD!

  15. Aina S. Erice

    If there are any podcast/audio lovers around, the story of the ginkgo was featured here, told by Sir Peter Crane himself 🙂 https://www.osgf.org/blog/2017/5/9/ginkgo-the-tree-that-time-forgot

  16. Thor Henrich

    Fossil leaves of Ginkgo spp. from Eocene (~50 MYA) and Cretaceous (~80 MYA) geological periods have been found in western North America, including many sites in British Columbia. Today’s single species is an ancient survivor (‘living fossil’) of a once more abundant widespread group. Their pharmacological properties as herbal remedies are generally suspected to be more harmful than helpful. I once met a ginkgo grower from Florida who periodically mowed the tops off, to harvest the re-sprouting stems and leaves, which were ground up for their juices as nerve or circulatory tonics. The gastric upset in dinosaurs were noted in the first ‘Jurassic Park’ film, when the intrepid explorers came upon a huge pile of poop, presumably caused by the ingestion of toxic gingko leaves by a hapless ceratopsian. You can buy viable seeds in Chinese grocery stores, which have the stinky outer rind removed, and are used to make soups. In urban settings, such as boulevard trees, the gingko is very tough, resistant to aerial pollution, frost, & insect pests. And unlike most gymnosperms, gingkoes are deciduous. A beautiful interesting tree!

  17. Scott Dilatush

    It would be worth researching trees that offer fall color in the opposite end of the color spectrum during the same coloring up time . A type of larger tree with a purple to wine red autumn leaf looks phenomenal next to a Ginkgo. We had such a tree near our ‘Princeton Sentry’ Ginkgo in the front of our nursery in south-central New Jersey. I was told by my parents that the fellow who designed Central Park in New York City was responsible for that great design combination.

  18. Anna Lambe

    When I was a child, we had two Ginkgo trees in the grounds of our school, each sturdy trunk circled by a bench. We would gather on the bench at recess to chat, and when the leaves had fallen, to gather the fallen leaves by their stems and fan ourselves!

  19. Nadia

    Ginkgo alley in Hikarigaoka (Tokyo, 2008)
    Tokyo has Ginkgo festival in many very popular locations
    This street is probably the most famous for ginkgo

  20. MB Whitcomb

    O.o Niiiice! Thanks…even when I am 100s of emails behind, I always save opening these for last, they give so much pleasure!

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