Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

GINKGO
Ginkgo biloba
Ginkgoaceae

Leaves are alternate, deciduous and fan-shaped with parallel veination. Bark is light gray-brown and grooved. Small lateral spur branches are evident on branches. Although ginkgo is a gymnosperm and doesn't produce true fruit, the seed of female trees resembles a plum and emits an unpleasant odor. Ginkgo is a living fossil and is planted as an ornamental throughout the U.S.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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