Posted: August 31, 2015
In the late 1700s, a wealthy landowner and botanist imported a ginkgo biloba from China to plant at his palatial West Philly estate. They grew in popularity across the city and hundreds of years later the Philadelphia streets are lined with white flowering trees every spring. There’s only one problem – the people who did the landscaping didn’t realize they were planting female trees. And a flowering female Ginkgo tree projects a strong odor that is often described as bleach, vomit, or worse.
When we moved into our home 10 years ago it was a flowering female ginkgo that leaned over onto our deck, making springtime lounging an odorous affair. So I wasn’t too disappointed when a strong blizzard knocked the tree over in 2010.
For advice on tending to an urban tree, click here.