Due in part to its hardy nature, resistance to insects, and ability to survive in a wide variety of soil conditions, numerous Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) trees have been planted across the Winona State University campus.
This remarkable tree is the only species of a nearly extinct family, which dates back to the Carboniferous age. Fossilized imprints of Ginkgo leaves have been found in rocks in many countries around the globe. Of the family, only this species has survived, having been propagated from trees preserved around temples in China, Japan and Korea.
The Ginkgo has both male and female varieties. Fruit appears on female trees and can have a rancid odor, but its seeds or pits when roasted are considered a delicacy in Oriental cultures. In the U.S., mostly non-fruit bearing male trees are planted. In addition, the Ginkgo is used as an herbal remedy with the reported benefit of memory improvement.
The Ginkgo generally grows 40 to 60 feet tall and is easily identified by its unique fan-shaped leaves. Because the leaves resemble the frond of a Maidenhair Fern, the Ginkgo is often called the Maidenhair Tree. The Ginkgo is very tolerant of air pollution, is often planted in urban settings, and is not usually damaged by storms.
Ginkgo trees can be found along the sidewalk on the east side of Pasteur Hall, just west of the main entrance to the Performing Arts Center, on the east and west sides of Phelps Hall, and there is a group of them along Main Street just south of the intersection of Main and Howard Streets.
(see #22 on the maps)
Last Modified: Monday, July 27, 2009 9:36 by Shraddha Bista