And all fall down

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 in Campus News and News

img_news_gingko_fallOne of Mount Oread’s most colorful but lesser known fall traditions is nearing its annual renewal, but nobody’s quite sure exactly when. Any day now would probably be a good guess.

The massive ginkgo tree that towers over Grace Pearson Scholarship Hall, overlooking Louisiana Street on the Hill’s eastern crest, will soon begin its lovely transformation; once the leaves reach their peak of glowing color, they do as leaves tend to do in their namesake time of year: fall.

Except in this case, it happens in one day. From sumptuous fall foliage to skeletonized winter timber, just like that.

“They’ll get a real nice, yellow-golden color,” says landscaping project manager Mike Lang, “and then they all tend to drop at once.”

Grace Pearson opened in 1955, and Lang estimates the ginkgo to be at least that old.

“There’s one on the west end of Strong Hall, and a few others around, but nothing like that,” Lang says. “That’s an amazing-sized tree.”

–Chris Lazzarino

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