Columbia's Tree and Appearance Commission recently selected this year's Treasured Trees.
For the next several weeks, we'll spotlight some of the winners on the garden page of the Your Home section.
This week, we feature the ginkgo trees (Ginkgo biloba) on the 100-400 blocks of Edisto Avenue in Columbia.
This information about the trees is provided by the commission:
Ginkgo trees are "living fossils," unchanged biologically for more than 200 million years. They have no close living relatives and are originally from China.
The first ginkgo trees on Edisto Avenue were planted in the 1920s. They are particularly showy in the fall, with bright yellow, fan-shaped foliage that seems to glow..
Ginkgo trees are prized for chemical extracts that have been used for centuries to help with memory loss, dizziness and sleep disorders. These trees were nominated by Ann Timberlake.
NOMINATE A TREE
Do you know of a tree you think is special? Nominate it as a Treasured Tree.
Applications are being accepted for 2010, and winners will be announced next fall.
Information: Columbia's Division of Forestry and Beautification, (803) 545-3860 or columbiasc.net/forestry.