‘A Real Specimen’: Ginkgo Tree Bathes the Green With Leaves

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Dartmouth arborist Brian Beaty pays a lyrical tribute to the century-old icon.


Each autumn, over the course of a single day, ginkgo trees lose all of their leaves. As golden, fan-shaped leaves from Dartmouth’s ginkgo flutter down onto the Green, College Arborist Brian Beaty explains what makes this particular tree so special. A gift from the Class of 1950, the tree was planted in honor of President John Sloan Dickey ’29, who served as Dartmouth’s president from 1945 through 1970.

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