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Why Do We Keep Planting Stinky Ginkgos?

This story was adapted from an episode of New Hampshire Public Radio’s podcast Outside/In. Listen to it here: Each autumn, foliage-starved urbanites are treated to a spectacle of color as the fan-shaped leaves of the ginkgo trees lining their streets turn a brilliant shade of gold. But the treat comes at a cost: When the female ginkgo trees shed their leaves and berries, they rot and emit a stench often likened to dirty gym socks, vomit, or poop.
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