Gingko Gingko biloba
Family: Gingkoaceae (Gingko)
Branching: Alternate

This is a tree native to China, that is often found planted in cities.  In the summer, its leaves are quite distinctive and in the winter, it's stubby twigs and clustered buds and leaf scars stand out.  It is the source of the herbal supplements that are so popular these days (though Gingko has been used for millenia in the Orient).

Winter twig and end bud of Gingko

The buds and leaf scars are clustered on short, stumpy twigs

Another view of the leaf scars.  Notice the two vein scars

The stubby twigs are often found on larger branches...

Mature bark of a Gingko

The fan-shaped leaves are distinctive when found

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