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  • Anonymous

    These trees are the brightest anywhere right now and I just love them, but I don’t know what kind of tree they are. Anybody know?

  • anon

    i believe they are ginko trees…

    • MK

      Yes, they are Ginkgo trees.

      • ah

        Fall makes the summer stink worthwhile . . . . almost.

      • Anonymous

        so smelly!

        • Kvatch

          Only the females produce the stinky fruit. Prior to buying our row-house in Petworth, we made sure that the huge ginko out front was a male.

  • Larchie

    Ginkgo trees are dioecious (there are male and female trees). Only female trees produce stinky fruit. Unfortunately, these are old enough that when they were planted they couldn’t tell which ones were male and which were female. Nowadays there are male-only cultivars, so if you want to plant your own, you can make sure it is a male.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve heard that they can change sex, though, so it’s not fool-proof!

      Around DC, many (most?) female ginkgos have a yellow dot spray painted on the trunk, so they can identify the females in the spring and spray them with pesticides to minimize fruiting.

      There’s a nifty map of the female trees that were treated this spring at

      • ah

        Gingko came from Miami, F-l-a.

        • Unless this is a troll, I have to correct you. They’re a Chinese species. They’re actually almost extinct in their native habitat.

          Also, regarding the tree’s stinky balls, they do only show up on the females, and there has not been any evidence they change sex. It’s just that the gender doesn’t show easily early in life, so people are surprised when what they thought was a male turned out to be a female.

          • Not a troll – just takin’ a “walk on the wild side”

  • The leaves must be smelly too because they drive our puppy wild…

  • This is Swann Street, right? Not really near Cardozo, IMHO. [/stickler mode]

    • Prince Of Petworth

      Ah you’re right – for some reason I thought I was on 12th just south of Florida. Good eye!

      • Ah yes, the buildings also remind me of 12th Place NW. I can see how you made that mistake. Unfortunately, 12th Place doesn’t bloom like this!

  • Swann Corcoran and Church are like the prettiest streets ever. Bonus: doesn’t Swann have the rowhouse that features the crazy nutcracker sunroom?

    • That’s on Corcoran between 14th and 15th, I believe. And yes, it is awesome and a beautiful street as well.

  • Michael

    Yeah! I went over to my friend’s place on Swann at 18th last weekend and these trees were a sight to see, even at night. Small yellow leaves (petals?) all over the ground. Very picaresque.

  • Anonymous

    Wow – this is beautiful!


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