It’s stinky ginkgo season again

April 5, 2012

Best to-the-point Flickr.com caption ever: “Female ginkgo trees have been dropping stinky berries on sidewalks to be trod upon by passersby, thus spreading their vomitus odor far and wide across the city.” (Creative Commons - Flickr.com/Brownpau)

Otherwise known as Ginkgo Biloba, the trees have been emanating a sickly-sweet, slightly-decaying scent for weeks. NBC 4 reports that the District Department of Transportation’s Urban Forestry Administration will spray female ginkgo fruit overnight Thursday to help lessen the stink. The spray will aim to nip the problem in the bud, literally: The bad smell happens when the trees’ seed shells drop to the ground.

You can map out your “favorite” stinky tree here.

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