The Ginkgo Tree is also called the "Maidenhair tree" and nicknamed "The Stink Bomb Tree." An erratic vertical branching structure is the trees natural form. As a bonsai the strong upright branching creates the 'candle flame' style. Basal and aerial "chi-chi" form on older trees.
432 Telfair St.
- Height: 67 feet
- DBH: 54 inches
- Crown: 65 feet
Legend has it that the residents of Augusta, Ga planted this ginkgo tree during President George Washington’s visit in 1791. The tree is on the grounds of the Old Government House on Telfair Street.
Height: 67 feet
Basal and aerial "chi-chi" form on older trees
| In the fall the leaves |
turn a brilliant yellow!
Ginkgo trees are a "living fossil" and the earliest leaf fossils date from 270 million years ago. It was rediscovered in 1691 in China. The Ginkgo is a good urban tree because of its ability to tolerate drought, heat, and poor soils. Ginkgo is dioecious. There are male and female trees. Some complain of the mess and odor created by the fleshy seed covering and recommend planting only the male of the species. It is sad if only male ginkgoes are planted without female counterparts.
|DBH: 54 inches|
fruit is a nut with a fleshy covering
Ginkgo in Forsyth Park
Some people are sensitive to the chemicals in the fleshy outer layer. These people should handle the seeds with care when preparing the seeds, wear disposable gloves. When I cleaned the seed of these trees, I had several 5 gallon buckets full. The cheap rubber gloves developed holes and my entire arm was coated with the juice. fortunately I had no allergic reaction, but the next morning my arms had turned black. Two weeks later the skin pealed a way........
A 1980 Seedling in 2011
Ginkgo seeds and leaves are used as a medicine throughout the world. In South Carolina at the "medicine tree farm" Ginkgo leaves are harvested and shipped to Europe to be made into a prescription drug.