The Q&A Archives: Ginkgo Tree Stinks

Question: I planted a Ginkgo tree this spring that is doing great. Now, I'm worried; a friend of mine said they were nice BUT they have a horrible smelling pod on them. Thought I would ask you all about this before I moved it away from my deck area.

Answer: Ginkgo trees are either male or female. Only the female trees make the stinky fruits (and yes, they really do smell awful for about two weeks a year). Most of the ginko trees in commerce are supposed to be male; unfortunately, it takes about 15 or 20 years before the plant is mature enough to fruit if it is going to. Frankly, I don't think it's worth moving it if it is doing well, but you might feel differently about it.

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