Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)

Location and Notable Facts

  • Other names
    • Maidenhair Tree
  • Scientific Family
    •  Ginkgoaceae  (Ginkgo Family)
  • Discovery
    •  Not available
  • Size (Width/Height/Growth/DBH)
    •  Can reach up to 100 feet in height.
  • Colors
    • In fall, it turns a beautiful bright yellow

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Photo credit to University of Florida

  • Bloom/Seed/Fruit
    • The tree has separate male/female reproductive organs. Only grow the male tree in the landscaped area, the female fruit has a foul odor sometimes described as putrid smelling.

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Photo credit to Yale University

  • Leaf Arrangement 
    • Distinct fan shaped leaves that are simple and alternate
  • Bark Arrangement 
    •  Light gray-brown and smooth on younger trees, rough on older trees.

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Photo credit to Yale University

  • Invasive/Non-invasive
    • Non-invasive
  • Native/Non-native
    •  Non-native; introduced in the United States from Eastern China in 1784.
  • Pests/Disease
    •  None
  • Comparisons to similar trees
    •  Not available
  • Usefulness
    • Leaf extract is used in many medicines
    • Ornamental - Make trees are preferred
  • Local Location / History:  
    • Located in the 600 block of Quapaw Avenue
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