This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
- Common Name(s):
- Ginkgo, Maidenhair tree
- Poisonous Plants, Trees
Messy fruit; plant male trees, yellow leaves fall rapidly in fall; drought, heat, air pollution, and salt tolerant; easy to transplant; long-lived.
Wildlife Value: This tree is resistant to damage by deer.
- Deciduous tree; leaves alternate, simple, fan-shaped; seeds (only on female trees) plumlike, yellow-orange, the outer, fleshy pulp foul-smelling when ripe, the inner wall hard, smooth, and cream colored
- 40-70 ft.
- Insignificant flower; female has objectionable, plum-shaped, foul smelling fruit
- Sun; range of soil types except wet soil
- Pyramidal; irregular horizontal branches; picturesque
- Landscape as cultivated exotic ornamental tree, street tree.
- Poison Part:
- Fleshy, outer pulp of the seeds, and raw seed kernel
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Ingestion, dermatitis
- Irritation of the skin following contact with juice of the seed pulp; irritation of lips, mouth, and throat and stomach pain, nausea, and diarrhea after eating pulp
- EDIBLE PARTS: The seed, freed of the outer pulp and washed, is boiled or roasted and eaten in the Orient and also available in Asian food stores
- Toxic Principle:
- An alkyl phenol and ginkgolic acid
- TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES EATEN. SKIN IRRITATION MINOR OR LASTING ONLY FOR A FEW MINUTES.
- Found in:
- Landscape as cultivated exotic ornamental tree, street tree
- 20-40 ft.
- 2-3 in. emerald green, fan shaped, alternate, simple leaf in clusters of three to five; yellow fall color
NCCES plant id: 1057