Ginkgo biloba   


Family: Ginkgoaceae
Zone: 4-9                                Average Size: 50’H x 30’W


-Pyramidal form with prominent horizontal branches
-Simple leaf, fan-shaped with parallel veins
-Leaves whorled on short spurs

Note:   The Ginkgo is considered by some to be a living fossil. The fossil record dates this unusual gymnosperm to be over 100 million years ago. Found growing native only in China, Ginkgo is widely planted today as a street and park tree for its brilliant yellow autumn color. Female trees produce an orange-yellow fruit that is foul smelling and may be considered a maintenance problem as it rots on the ground. Male forms are preferred with most named selections being male.

Campus Location: Pleasant Hall, southwest parking lot