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  • justinbc

    Loved living here, hated scraping stinky ginkgo off my shoes every day in the fall.

  • Such a colorful fall we are lucky to have this year. And it seems to be lasting weeks longer than normal.

  • Gorgeous! Just went to Meridian Hill park and the enormous Ginkgo on Belmont & 15th is stunning. I think the beauty is well worth the stink – and sorry – but I always want to smack those who whine about the stink.

  • wowo!!!!! gorgeous. thanks for these.

  • That top picture just happens to be my front stoop. Every year they spray the trees in the middle of the night with magic pixie dust but the mighty ginkgo just keeps pumping out the berries. I think it would be cheaper to just plant a different tree once its determined to be a female ginkgo. Right now my shoes smell, my foyer smells, my car smells, and both my kids smell.

  • stinky…but it’s gorgeous. Ginkgo is thought to be extinct in the wild. Was preserved by Chinese priests and reintroduced to cities in the 1800s.

  • Love the aesthetics, hate the smell. My kids call gingkos the ‘triple p’ trees because the berries smell like a mix between pee, poop and puke–three of their favorite things to talk about!

  • I’ve lived with ginkos and, sure, they do stink to high heaven for a relatively short time. Otherwise they are gorgeous trees. Although they’re amazing in the fall, they’re also very nice in summer. I wouldn’t hesitate to live among them again. And now that we are able to ID the females at an early age I wouldn’t hesitate to plant them too. (Males anyhow.)

  • This street and Monroe NW between 14th & 16th are my favorite blocks in the city. I’m a sucker for ginkgos. They’re such interesting trees! One of my favorite quick reads on them: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/peter_crane_history_of_ginkgo_earths_oldest_tree/2646/

  • Every cloud has a silver lining and in the case of the ginkgo tree there are two silver linings. There is the beauty of the ginkgo tree but also the nuts once cleaned and roasted are delicious. I foraged, cleaned, roasted and ate some last week. If you’re not up to the task of cleaning the fruit from the nut (it’s best to do so in a bucket of water) ginkgo nuts will often appear on the menu of good Japanese restaurants..

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