Ginkgo biloba (Maidenhair Tree)
Location: Cultivated in gardens, streets and parks in all temperate countries.
The only representative of a type of plant that was widespread in prehistoric times.
Leaves may be two-lobed, but often fan-shaped with only shallow lobing. They colour yellow in autumn before falling.
Flowers are produced on separate trees. Males about 2.5-3.7cm long shedding pollen in March; females tiny on a stalk about 5cm developing into fruit.
Fruit contains an edible nut. As the flesh decays it becomes foul-smelling and slimy and can be a hazard to traffic in busy town streets.