Ginkgo

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A large, very adaptable shade tree with unique fan-shaped leaves.

Each tree has only one kind of flower -- pollen bearing "male" flowers or fruit-producing "female" blooms.

Male plants are preferred because the female's fruit is messy underfoot and malodorous.

Ginkgo is often used as street tree because of its site-adaptability and salt tolerance.

It's faster growing than many people expect, growing as much as 18" per year until it matures and begins to flower (trees of either sex) and bear fruit (the female trees).

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Fall color

Fall color

Short but sweet describes the ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) fall color. It often turns gold overnight and then drops every leaf over the course of the following day.