Trees Fall Color
Van Chaplin

Golden Yellow Tree

Brilliant in color and easy to grow, ginkgo is hard to forget. Bright green in summer, they change to a glorious butter yellow in fall; a fully colored tree shines like the sun. Leaves drop in a shower that completely denudes the tree in a day or two. If you like to get raking done in one fell swoop, you'll appreciate this courtesy.

An established tree is tough and undemanding, tolerating drought, pollution, and almost any well-drained soil. Insects and diseases simply avoid it. Ginkgo makes a superior shade, lawn, and street tree if you have sufficient room. It gets its nickname -- "maidenhair tree" -- from its fan-shaped leaves, which resemble the leaflets of a maidenhair fern.

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