|Many very mature gingko fruit pile up at the base of the tree. (11/3/13)|
It has been four autumns (2008) since I last posted about the stink that occasionally emanates in fall from the narrow strip of lawn between our house and our neighbors. After having determined the source of the smell (and happily realizing it was neither our neighbor nor the dog poo I religiously pick up and deposit into the garbage can): a large ginkgo tree. The ginkgo borders both yards and is in the area under which we park our vehicles each day and when it "blooms" it grows fruit. And when the fruit falls to the ground it lays there until being either stepped or run over by our cars... and then they STINK. The fruit releases its odor when it is bruised or crushed (triggering the decay process).
|Trust me when I tell you that despite |
driving for days at high speeds
that rotten fruit will still be on
the car hood! (11/8/14)
Upon first experiencing the phenomena of this "stink fruit," I was particularly surprised to learn that that trees can come in “genders,” being either male or female. Because it does bear fruit, it was not too much of a leap to surmise that our tree was female.
This conclusion was not confirmed by checking under its leaves. According to one website, “…female trees will bear yellowish plum-shaped fruit with a somewhat foul smelling meat (like rancid butter some say) whose outer skin is mildly toxic. Fallen fruits will usually burst open their fleshy coating, thus releasing the odor. In an outdoor setting, the smell is not too overpowering, but avoid planting near car ports or along roads as some people have reported paint damage from the fruits juices…” Stupendous!
|The gingko in fall; note the fruits swept|
off the driveway to avoid bruising...
and smelling. (11/3/13)
|FYI, even better squirrels and other (gulp) |
rodents dig the nuts!
So while we will not be collecting fruit, we will continue to harvest the stink and continue to make the best of it while attempting
|Still MANY more left to fall! (11/8/14)|
|This really is kind of a bummer. (11/8/14)|
|"Fallen fruits usually burst open their fleshy coating releasing the odor"... uh-oh! (11/3/13)|