Planted on a main walkway on the edge of campus in 1961 by a biology professor, two 25 inch diameter ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) trees of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia exhibit a splendid fall yellow color. Students, neighbors and faculty look forward to this leaf color change annually, making the trees locally famous and a favorite to many. Remarkably, they drop their leaves in an instant, so no one wants to miss the show.
The ginkgo is an ancient tree found in fossils dating back more than 100 million years. Its fan-shape leaves and branching pattern make it easy to identify. The leaf extract is thought to help retain memory and aid with Alzheimer's disease.
For more on the Ginkgos of Agnes Scott College Arboretum and Tree Walk, visit http://arboretum.agnesscott.edu/blog/tree-locations/living-fossils/
This nomination is submitted on behalf of the Agnes Scott College Arboretum Committee. Photo taken by Jim Diedrick, Professor of English, Agnes Scott College.