The ginkgo is a very interesting tree because it is evolutionarily disimilar from every other tree in the Yard. It's from a plant order that dominated the terrestrial biosphere over 150 million years ago. Today it remains as the only surviving member of a near extinct order. Some wild groves of the tree can be found in parts of China.
The ginkgo is very pollution resistant and makes a great urban tree. It has very distinctive fan-shaped leaves that turn bright yellow in the fall. Female Ginkgo trees produce foul smelling fruit each fall, an event that has led to the affectionate nickname of the "stinko" tree.
Fan-shaped ginkgo leaves.
This ginkgo stands in front of Weld Hall.
Virginia Tech Dendrology info - ginkgo
Created by Ryan Lynch
Map template courtesy the Harvard Planning and Allston Initiative
Last updated May 2, 2007