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  • But unfortunately not a native tree. The overall value for wildlife and ecosystem is much higher if trees are actually native. Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay area offer an abundance of native trees that look just as impressive or even more impressive during fall.

    • I requested a tree via 311. I think the request was filled by Casey (what’s the deal there, anyone know? Are they the official tree subcontractor for the district?). And the one I got is really ugly. Seems healthy enough, just not pretty, either in shape or foliage. It’s changing now, from its normal rusty green to a dull rusty brown. 🙁

    • Which trees are native? Are maples and oaks?

      • Maple, various Oaks, Hickory, Sweetgum, yes. And many others. I think the tulip tree is probably my favorite native. The entire eastern half of the country used to be covered in American Chestnut. But almost all of them died in a blight that started in the 1920s. We mostly have imported chinese chestnuts now. Interesting thing about the American Chestnut. It was a massive tree (easily 6-8 feet across) that grew straight and strong, but was also attractive in terms of color and grain. It was very popular for building, and many of the houses in DC (ones build prior to the 30s) are trimmed in American Chestnut. Which is now all but gone. So if you have original trim in your older house, cherish it! 🙂

  • i love the ginko! <3

  • Nice neighborhood, but for gingkos that block of Corcoran is the worst! I think they’re all females, and the sidewalks get incredibly nasty.

  • Beautiful, and so very worth it. I don’t live among the gingkos now, but did for several years in college, and even knowing how awful the scent is, I always look forward to seeing them in fall. I’d plant them if I weren’t living in an apartment.

  • I live in an area surrounded by them – walking to my place – every street has them.

    Love them, and I have learned how to deal with the smell of the fruit / sweeping the sidewalks of it.

  • I actually kind of enjoy the smell… it reminds me of home (in Asia).
    Also gingko nuts are delicious. 🙂

  • nope TOO STINKY

  • We have a male gingko tree in our neighbor’s backyard along our property line. Huge, stunning. No berries (thank goodness), but the leaves are a bitch to rake. Very heavy, take forever to dry out.

  • Nasty, nasty smell. It can be best described as barf with dog sh*t. I think Crepe Myrtle’s are prettier in the fall anyway!
    Absolutely gorgeous block of Corcoran, though.

  • Yes, beautiful, and I wouldn’t want to lose them on my block. In some past years, our block has been pretty stink free due to city spraying. This year, however, the fruit and smell are out of control. What’s the difference? Did the city not get all of them? Spray at the wrong time?

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