Family: Ginkgoaceae

Genus and species: Ginkgo biloba

Leaves: The leaves are fan-shaped and 1-2" (2.5-5cm) long and 1.5-3" (4-7.5cm) wide. (View Measured Leaf) The broad edge of the leaves are wavy. There are many thin, parallel veins running the length of the leaves. The leaves are green on top and bottom, with a long stalk.(View Leaves)

Bark: The bark is rough, with many ridges and has a dark gray color.(View Bark) The twigs are light green or brown, hairless, long, and have many short side twigs.

Fruit: The fruit is round and about 1" (2.5cm) in diameter. They are yellowish with a tint of red. Once they become ripe and juicy, they produce an extremely bad odor once crushed. (View Fruit)

Tree: The tree can grow to be 50-70' (15-21m) tall, with a crown that narrows towards the top (pyramid-shaped), as pictured to the left.

Range and Habitat: These trees are native to China, but are commonly planted across the United States. They grow best in moist soil and humid climates, but can tolerate slightly harsher conditions.

Ginkgo Tree (Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 9/29/02)
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