This unique pest-resistant species originated in China and is the last species in its order Ginkgophyte, which was first found in fossils that dated back to the Permian Period 270 million years ago. The females of this species do not produce fruit, as they are not true flowering plants. Instead, they produce fleshy seed covers that some people find to have a repugnant odor, although many people have used the seeds for medicinal purposes.
The ‘Saratoga’ varieties on campus are slower-growing and their leaves are more narrow and pendulous, and are a more yellow-green coloration than traditional ginkgoes.
|Latin Name||Ginkgo biloba ‘Saratoga’
|Diameter||2 1/2″ caliper|
|Color of Leaf||Rich green, golden yellow in fall|
|Shape of Leaf||Two lobed, somewhat leathery, fan shaped with parallel veins|
|Color of Flower||Inconspicuous|
|Shape of Flower||Inconspicuous|