Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo

 

Lancaster Cemetery, 205 East Lemon Street, Lancaster PA (back of the cemetery) 

 

William Stahler, Jerry Smoker

 

This tree, a male, is the co-champion ginkgo in Pennsylvania (the other co- champion is at Tyler Arboretum in Lima PA).   

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Co-champions are designated if (a) their measurement point total is less than 100 and within 3 of each other; or (b) their point total is more than 100 and within 3% of each other (this is the 3x3 Rule).   As of 2019, total points were 396 for the Lancaster tree and 389 for the Tyler tree.  Thus, co-champions.

 

In any event, the circumference of Lancaster's tree measured 263 inches in 2010 and 281 inches in 2019 (pabigtrees.com).  Its height was 88 feet and its spread was 108 feet, again in 2019.

 

This tree was once struck by lightning, and also lost a large limb to high winds preceding Hurricane Sandy in 2012.   For the intriguing history of this and five other ginkgos in Lancaster Cemetery, refer to the entry on "The Six Ginkgos."  

 

This amazing species is a “living fossil” that goes back 270 million years (be- fore the first dinosaurs).