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Common Name:  Ginkgo or Maidenhair     

Scientific Name:  Ginkgo biloba     

Location: Williamsburg Park near the picnic shelter


Ginkgo or Maidenhair, Ginkgo biloba location on map

Native to:  China. It is known to grow in only one forest in China in the wild, but is cultivated widely.

This tree typically grows to:  50-80 feet tall and 30-40 feet wide 

This tree prefers these conditions:   Medium to wet soil; full sun.

Special about this tree:  

  • The Ginkgo is a prehistoric tree; fossils show it was growing 170 million years ago, and it is unlike any other tree alive today.
  • This tree’s leaves are a crisp green in summer, turning brilliant yellow in fall.
  • The fruit of this tree has a putrid odor, so most people take care to purchase a sterile male cultivar to plant in parks or residential properties.
  • This is one tough tree, and can tolerate pollution, heat and drought. It even survived the nuclear blast at Hiroshima.
  • Resistant to deer.