Ginko Biloba


Image from Greenspade.

I saw a tree like this while “walking the dog” today. It was the sun, brought down to earth, on an otherwise dreary day. The colors on the trees and on the ground this morning were spectacular.

A difference between fall here and on the East Coast is that we don’t get a lot of wind, so the leaves don’t mix. And since the leaves of all the trees don’t fall at the same time, I’ll see a tree spread its color from the sky above to the ground directly below. Ten feet away will be a different color. And then another. And then another.

You’d think, coming from Maine, I’d be better at recognizing species of trees, but I seem to lack this ability. Of course, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a ginko biloba tree in Maine, so that might be why it took me some researching to find it. I’m not usually a fan of trees that turn yellow. The trees that people normally “oooh” and “aaaah” over are often the reds and oranges of maple trees. But the Ginko Biloba tree, standing alone in all of its yellow glory, was spectacular. It made me appreciate yellow trees in the fall.

By the way, this has been my view for the last week.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Barry on December 12, 2010 at 10:07 am

    We saw a Ginkgo yesterday afternoon when we went on a walk to our nearby park — the sun seemed to be hitting that one tree and no other, and it was bursting with yellow fire. The ground below it was covered in mustard-yellow leaves and there was a woman standing by the tree, wearing a pure white dress and a conical rice hat. A photographer was crouched nearby, capturing images of her in white by the tree in yellow with the dark green Redwoods for contrast behind. It was a moment of exquisite color and beauty.

    This weekend seems to be the ultimate moment for the Ginkgos. My youngest wants us to plant one in our front yard, to replace the ornamental plum that died this year. Dark green leaves in the summer to shade? Bright yellow falling fire in the Autumn? And bare in the winter to give us some sun? We just might go for it.

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  2. Just make sure to get a male Ginko Biloba tree. I read that the female ones smell awful! And yes, I know this is a completely sexist comment! =)

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  3. K, it’s the opposite with hops. Not that they “smell awful” but rather it’s the female plant flowers you want for brewing, since they have the “lupilin glands” (aka-delicious taste) used in beer.

    And as for your pics here, they’re absolutely breath taking.

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  4. Posted by James on February 22, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Keep in mind you lived in Maine – your area is not typical of very much of the “East Coast”. In fact, most people consider anything above NYC/southern Connecticut to be “New England”.

    As far as the fall colors, I used to live in northern CA, and once I moved to southeast VA, I saw that the colors lasted much longer on the middle Atlantic coast that up in northern CA. You might have had only two weeks of color up in Maine, but most of us on the middle and lower East Coast see fall color much longer.

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