Of course we have learned that the upside of this Main Street sidewalk project might be that we would find ourselves admiring the ginkgo trees which might be planted as a result of the project. Some may remember that we expressed doubt in an earlier column about the ginkgo trees as a result of our experience with such trees in Philadelphia. However, C.R. Jones, a huge fan of the ginkgo tree, has set about to educate us about the gingko tree. He kindly dropped off what might be considered enough information on the ginkgo tree to allow anyone to be a walking encyclopedia on the subject. And, as a way of introduction, he wrote in his cover letter:
“You brought up the matter of the amazing and wonderful ginkgo tree ... I was first introduced to it on the campus of Iowa State and became intrigued by its age and unusual foliage. I have planted at least one near every house I have lived in since. As you will see, there are male and female trees ... the old system was to plant one and hope for the best, but now virtually all of the plants available from nurseries are grown from the buds of male trees. They have been used in urban situations because they seem to tolerate pollution and limited root space.”
C.R. also pointed out that there are already ginkgo trees, including some errant female trees, to be found in Cooperstown. And he is looking forward to the possibility of seeing them on Main Street in the near future. We thank C.R. for his valuable input. We can but hope ginkgo trees’ tolerance of pollution and limited root space is matched by their tolerance for our many visitors.
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