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Friday, 24 December 2010

THE BROADWAY's TREE SECRET


A TALE OF A TREE FOR CHRISTMAS

You may have lived in Mill Hill all your life. You have probably seen this tree thousands of times. You may have even walked near to it and smelt the aroma of "sick" and seen mushy stuff on the pavement........and many have commented about partygoers not holding their drink and defiling the Broadway pavement near this tree.

At last the true tale can be told. The Urban Planners planted this tree many many years ago thinking that it was a "male" Gingko Tree but sadly they got the gender wrong and planted a "female" Gingko tree instead. This tree has the drawback of big juicy berries which when they fall and split give out a shocking aroma of fresh sick !!!! ( read below for the other smells it gives out......)

So we do suggest that if you get a whiff of this tree on the Broadway that after reading this you can inform your family and friends about this very special tree.

THANK YOU TO "MILL HILL WINES" FOR REVEALING THIS SECRET TO US :-)





INFO ABOUT THE BROADWAY FEMALE GINGKO BILBOA TREE

Gingko trees
Gingko trees

Urban planners like to use gingko trees in city settings, but there's one drawback to this choice. The female trees produce a fall fruit that is so aromatic some people consider it a nuisance or even a problem.

    The Gingko Tree

  1. The ginkgo tree (Ginkgo biloba), also known as the maidenhair tree, is a native of China that is now grown throughout the world. This stately tree requires good sunlight, has a colorful fall foliage, and when mature can reach a height of nearly a hundred feet. The species is more than two hundred million years old, making it one of the oldest living trees on the planet. Some scientists even regard it as a "living fossil."
  2. Resistance

  3. The ginkgo is very tolerant of air pollution and winter salt spray, which makes it ideal for a city setting. This popular transplant also has a strong natural resistance to disease and insect pests.
  4. Dioecious Species

  5. The ginkgo is a dioecious species, an uncommon trait in the plant world, which means that each tree produces flowers that are either male or female. It takes nearly twenty years for a ginkgo tree to mature, however, and until that time it is impossible to distinguish the male and female trees.
  6. Female Fruits

  7. The female tree produces an abundant fall fruit that is quite pungent and odorous. Ginkgo fruit is soft and easily breaks down. It stinks because the pulp contains butyric acid, a chemical found in various amounts within vomit, feces, parmesan cheese, and rancid butter.

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