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Corcoran Street: Down Go the Ginkgos


Tuesday: Work crews cut down mature female Ginkgo trees on the 1500-block of Corcoran Street NW. (Click to enlarge.)

The city cut down seven mature female Ginkgo trees Tuesday on the 1500-block of Corcoran Street NW. City officials talked to residents on the block before making the decision and will replace the Ginkgos with other varieties.

Still, it’s unnerving to see some pretty big holes in the shade canopy on the 1500 block, although I know how much nastiness and messiness they caused with their berries. (See Why Do Ginkgo Tree Berries Smell Like Dog Poo?) Efforts to spray the female trees over the years ultimately proved not enough to stem the smelly squishy berries.

The replacement of the Ginkgo trees follows the installation of brick sidewalks on this stretch of Corcoran.


November 4, 2009 - Posted by | news | , ,


  1. The work on Corcoran generally is a screw up. I wonder if anyone from the department of transportation even look at the 160 block before they did the work. they took up all the sidewalks except for the ones in the worst condition in the middle of the north side, which now thanks to the curbs being raised are pools standing water, soon to be ice.

    I live at 1605 Corcoran. So they did the north side east end leaving a full length 35’x3′ dirt patch instead of fully bricking as DCDOT Public Space said would be done a few years ago. Garbage trucks drive over this daily. In the middle north side between 1603 to 1617 there are now pools of standing water after rain, when we never had this before. And the city claims this was a full rework of the sidewalk. They only moved the first foot after the brick, did not level anything and made our sidewalks look worse — and be more unsafe — than before they started!

    Comment by Corcoran | November 9, 2009 | Reply

  2. I’m not sure the verdict is in on the success or lack of regarding the City’s inability to adequately retard the development of the Ginko berries. Not sure what efforts were used in the 2200 block of 18th St NW this year, but it was very effective compared to previous attempts….I’ve been walking to work from S St. to Adams Morgan for the last 13 yrs and compared to last year this year is definitely a success in eliminating the stinky berries

    Comment by Wayne | November 8, 2009 | Reply

  3. To my knowledge, most of the trees were removed because they were slowly DYING as a result of the failed injections the city used over the past years, in their attempt to reduce or eliminate the fruit. There might have been less fruit; but, there was also a great deal less foilage.

    There were several incidents of very large, dead branches falling on top of cars – branches large enough to dent hoods and crack windshields…imagine if such a branch fell upon someone walking by!

    We took the removal seriously and debated before electing to have the tree in front of our house be replaced by a younger male Ginkgo. If it were only a matter of smelly fruit and not safety, it would still be there.

    Still we share your sadness and remain joyful that the 1300 block is only a two minute walk away.

    Comment by Steven | November 7, 2009 | Reply

  4. I find this sad. Taking down the mature trees to reduce the smell of the fallen fruit (which lasts only a couple of weeks at most) seems radical. I hope they do not do this on the 1300 block of Corcoran. The mature gingos provide a wonderful canopy and in the fall, the brilliant yellow leaves are like sunshine.

    Comment by Michael | November 6, 2009 | Reply

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