A Ginkgo Grows in Albany


Though the feature photograph here was actually taken in Boston a few weeks ago, I’ve noticed that several ginkgo trees have been planted on Broadway in downtown Albany this spring. It makes me quite happy, as the ginkgo is one of my favorite trees. I’d have one myself if we had the space, but these can grow into some pretty big specimens, albeit rather slowly.

Their ruffled, fan-shaped leaves always looks fresh, especially when they first emerge in the spring, after which they slowly ripen into a deep green with a silvery underside. Fall color is a bright yellow, resplendent in the sun of September and October. They are one of the oldest trees we have here, said to date back to prehistoric times. That kind of perseverance is admirable, and those survival instincts are impressive.

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