Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Random Photo



This was a tree in Williamsburg.  It was the only one we saw where the leaves were of this color.  My photo doesn't show how glorious those leaves shone.  The sun made them almost sparkle with the light.  

Added note at 9.44 a.m., 12-8-15: I was very curious about this tree as it had fan-shaped leaves. I found the following information here.  It has several different types of trees with interesting information.  If you scroll down you will see this one.

"Ginkgo trees (sometimes called "maidenhair trees" because their leaves resemble those of the maidenhair fern) are known for their distinctive, fan-shaped leaves that are green throughout the year until fall when they turn a breathtaking yellow-gold.  Making them even more unique is the fact that Ginkgos are considered living fossils.  (A "living fossil" is a non-scientific term for living species that appears to be similar to a species otherwise known only from fossils, typically with no close living relatives.  Ginkgo tree varieties grew worldwide 200 million years ago.)  Ginkgos are generally slow-growing, hardy, deep-rooted trees that tolerate most well-drained soils.  Popular cultivars include Fairmount, a columnar or upright tree that can reach heights of 50 feet with a spread of 15 to 18 feet and Autumn Gold, a spreading tree that can grow 25 to 50 feet with a 25 to 35 foot wide canopy.  Male Ginkgo trees are preferred because the seeds of the female tree have a distinctive, unpleasant smell as they decay that has been likened to rancid butter."

I also found this online but forgot to make a note of the address:



While browsing I came across an online site at this link, after someone requested more information.  I found this very intersting also.  Did you know trees change gender. Say if there are no females Ginkgo trees around, the tree will change from a male to female, and I suppose vice versa?  I'll have to search for more information on that.

Another added note 10.30 a.m., 12-8-15: I found a fascinating article here.