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This tree is one of the 150 trees initially included in the arboretum to coincide with the campus's 150th anniversary celebration.

Scientific Name:
Ginkgo biloba


Native to:
Eastern China

Mature Height and Width:
50-80 feet by 30-40 feet, can reach over 100 feet high

Additional Notes:
Ginkgo seeds are roasted and eaten by those persistent enough to withstand the awful smell of the husk.  A close relative of the pine tree, ginkgo deceives the non-botanists among us by dropping all its leaves in the fall.  Notice though how the leaves resemble a flattened bunch of fused pine needles.