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Female Ginkgo Tree Removal Policy

The Urban Forestry Division (UFD) has established a new policy for property owners who are concerned about the yearly inconvenience caused by falling female ginkgo tree fruit.

Female Ginkgo Treatment Map (larger map)

Today, UFD sprays these trees with a mild pesticide each spring to halt fruit development. Some residents are not satisfied with this practice because the treatment is not always effective and sometimes difficult to complete within the tight time window available; still others are concerned about pesticide use.

In response, UFD developed a process that will allow property owners to decide, on a block-by-block level, if they wish to have one or more of these trees removed, and replanted with another tree type.

That process is as follows:

  • Submit a petition to UFD identifying the tree(s) in question, and the name, address, and contact number of all the property owners on that block. Each property owner on the block must sign to “agree” or “disagree” with the petition, and only one “vote” per property will be accepted in the final count. If a signature is not provided for a particular address, UFD will assume that the property owner(s) at this address do not agree with the petition. You may use this sample petition spreadsheet to collect signatures.
  • At least 60 percent of the property owners must agree with the proposed removals for the petition to be considered. In the case of owner-occupied apartment buildings, a single vote from the governing body of the building will count as the vote for that property. If this threshold is met, UFD will forward the petition to the elected Council Member within the affected ward, as well as the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC). The ANC will have 60 days to respond in writing to either support or reject the petition.
  • If the ANC supports the petition, UFD will schedule the removals based on staffing levels and contract funding availability - usually within six months. Replanting will occur after removal in the next cycle's planting season. If the ANC rejects the petition or does not respond within 60 days, the petition fails and will not be considered for another two years' time.

Although UFD will continue its current practice of spraying female ginkgo trees each spring to retard fruit development, we hope this policy will offer an alternative for those who are not satisfied.


To inform property owners who are concerned about the yearly inconvenience caused by falling female ginkgo tree fruit.

Program at a Glance

Program Title: Female Ginkgo Tree Removal Policy
Agency: District Department of Transportation
Office: Urban Forestry Division (UFD)
Type: Administrative
Location: 55 M Street, SE, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20003
Phone: (202) 671-5133

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