Do Ginkgo Trees Stink?

Q: Do ginkgo trees stink? Does it depend on whether it is a male or female tree? If so, how do you know which you are getting?

A: The tree itself does not stink but the fruit from female ginkgo trees is extremely malodorous. Male ginkgo trees do not have fruit so they are much preferred for landscapes. The ginkgo trees you buy at a nursery are all male. They have been propagated from cuttings taken from a known male tree. There are several outstanding varieties to choose from, ranging in shape from upright and columnar to broad and spreading to dwarf and dense.

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