DDOT to spray ginkgo trees to stem smell | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

DDOT to spray ginkgo trees to stem smell

Play associated audio
The infamously smelly ginkgo fruits.
DDOT
The infamously smelly ginkgo fruits.

There are about 900 female ginkgo trees in D.C. and they produce grape sized fruit that covers sidewalks and smells like vomit. To prevent that from happening, D.C.'s Department of Transportation sprays them with Shield, a chemical also known as chlorpropham.

John Thomas, associate director of urban forestry for D.C., says the Shield 3C is able to stop the process of fruit development on the trees.

It's also used on potatoes to prevent sprouting, according to Thomas. But there's a narrow area where it works in this way.

"There's been no effect on ... other trees or flowering plants in the area," Thomas says.

The spraying began Monday night in Wards 1, 2, and 6 -- where the trees are most prevalent -- and will continue overnight in the other wards over the next few days.

WAMU 88.5

Smithsonian Prepares To Reach Across The Pond

The institution's Board of Regents has voted in favor of opening a 40,000-square-foot gallery in London.

NPR

Watch 'Bob's Burgers'? Now You Can Eat Them, Too

What happens when you try to make a burger out of a pun? One blog, two years, and dozens of recipes later, millions of fans can now cook up their very own Bob's burgers.
NPR

White House Won't Seek To End 529 College Tax Break

All 50 states and the District of Columbia sponsor 529 plans. Critics had called the proposal to limit them a tax hike on the middle class.
NPR

Yahoo Plans To Spin Off Remaining Stake In Alibaba

Yahoo has announced it will spin off its 15 percent stake in the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba. Shareholders had been waiting for that decision. The move needs regulatory approval.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.