* Leaves simple, shaped like an open fan, with veins radiating fan-like
from the stem, deciduous,
bright yellow in autumn, 2-3 1/2" wide.
* The tree is diecious, meaning that the male and female reproductive
parts are on separate trees.
* Fruits plumlike, orange-yellow when ripe, 1". The thin, pulpy flesh
encloses a large white seed. The pulp gives off a foul odor as it disintegrates.
* Height: Up to 100'.
* Gingko is native to Asia, and is cultivated and planted as an ornamental
tree in the United States.
* Gingkos are often seen lining city streets. Why? They actually help
absorb pollution! NICK: I've heard this, but do you know why or how?
* Although gingko leaves change color in autumn and otherwise
appear to be similar to angiosperm trees, they are actually gymnosperms.
In their own taxonomic division, Gingkophyta, they are the only
surviving members of a group of trees that was widely distributed
in prehistoric times.
* Today, gingko trees are rarely, if ever, found growing outside
of cultivation. Usually only the male tree is planted because
of the fetid odor of the female fruits.