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The ginkgo leaves fell unexpectedly, 22 Nov 2023 (picture by Kate St. John)

25 November 2023

On Wednesday I discovered a yellow carpet on Elmer Road. Ginkgo timber have been shedding their leaves unexpectedly.

The bottom was attractive and so have been the branches.

Ginkgo: Many leaves are nonetheless on the tree, 22 Nov 2023 (picture by Kate St. John)

Some timber have been already naked. Some have been but to return.

Ginkgo timber dropping their leaves in a Pittsburgh neighborhood, 22 Nov 2023 (picture by Kate St. John)

However there have been hazards beneath this magnificence. Ginkgos are dioecious (with separate sexes) and the females produce fruits that odor like vomit. Landscapers attempt to plant solely male timber however there was a feminine on this combine.

I didn’t concentrate till I stepped on a fruit and felt it pop beneath my heel. Yuck! The smelly flesh caught within the treads of my shoe so I looked for a puddle to stomp in, too preoccupied to take an image of the fruits. These are from Wikimedia.

Fruits and fallen leaves of ginkgo timber (picture from Wikimedia Commons)

Ginkgos have been planted alongside Pittsburgh’s avenue through the Smoky Metropolis period as a result of they’re one of many few timber that do effectively in polluted air. We are able to count on them proceed for 100s of years.

In 2020, a examine in China of ginkgo timber as much as 667 years previous confirmed little results of getting old, discovering that the timber continued to develop with age and displayed no genetic proof of senescence, and continued to make phytochemicals(*) indefinitely.

Wikipedia: Ginkgo biloba account

(*) Phytochemicals are chemical compounds produced by crops, typically to assist them resist fungi, micro organism and plant virus infections, and in addition consumption by bugs and different animals. Gingkos have nice immune programs even when greater than 600 years previous.


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