A dozen years ago I planted a Ginkgo tree in the yard. It has become a gorgeous tree, single-stemmed and thirty feet tall. The fan-shaped leaves are a delight anytime of year but, in particular, at this time when they turn a deep shade of gold.
Ginkgo trees are interesting for many reasons. They have remained essentially unchanged for more than 200 million years! That means dinosaurs walked among trees similar to the one in my yard. They also tend to drop most of their leaves in a single day. I expect the leaves of this young tree will fall in a “golden rain” on Sunday morning when this warm spell breaks and we wake to more seasonably cold weather.
There is a very large, 100+ year-old Ginkgo a few blocks from here that I’m watching closely too. This was the morning the leaves, even if green that year, came down. Our local Tree Board often has a raffle to bet on when the event will happen! I’ll keep you posted about both trees.