"Galloway's Ginkgo" is the name that has been given to the largest ginkgo in the arboretum, which is found north of Kirkland Hall near the corner of Barnard Hall (behind the iron fence). The story of the origin of this tree is told in a blog post
and on page 15 of The Trees of Vanderbilt
. One inaccuracy of the account in The Trees of Vanderbilt is that it states that "This particular tree has been the progenitor of many ginkgoes in this area." Although this tree may have provided pollen, it did not provide seeds, since it is a male.
This tree has a diameter of 100 cm (39 in.), height of 18 m (59 ft.), and crown spread of 23.5 m (77 ft.). Specimens of this size exhibit the very furrowed bark
that is typical of large ginkgoes. The fan-shaped leaves
have interesting veins that give the tree its common name "maidenhair tree".