Ginkgo

(Ginkgo biloba) Deciduous tree from China. This particular tree is the oldest Ginko tree in the Unted States. This tree was given to President Tyler by Captain Matthew Perry when he returned from the Orient in the 1850s. All cultivated specimens have been grown from trees preserved from around Chinese temples. Also known as Maidenhair tree. Fan shaped leaves ( 2-1/2"- 3-1/2") wide turn yellow in fall. Most leaves fall all at once, as if by command. Fruit is yellow ( 1" long ) from female trees, but is foul smelling and not ornamental. Recommended to plant only male trees. Tree is handsome specimen and virtually immune to disease and pests. Withstands city conditions. 125 feet max.

Sherwood Forest Plantation, near Colonial Williamsburg, brings history to life: take our virtual tour (QuickTime VR) of the home of the 10th U.S. President, John Tyler.