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Sibley Relocates Four Large Gingko Trees

April 28, 2010

On April 10, 2010, Sibley Memorial Hospital successfully relocated four large Gingko trees on its campus. The trees, originally planted by Sibley, are 20-25 years old and eight to ten inches in diameter. One tree has been planted at the front entrance of Grand Oaks Assisted Living and the other three are located near the new intersection of Dalecarlia Parkway and Little Falls Road.

"Preserving these trees is like saving an old friend. I have enjoyed looking at these trees for the past 20 years. This is part of the ongoing effort to maintain the feel of the neighborhood,"explained Jerry Price, Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Construction. 

The Gingko tree, also known as the Maidenhair tree, is one of the world's oldest living trees. Its existence can be dated back over 250 million years; for this reason it is referred to as a living fossil. A single tree can live as long as 1,000 years and grow to a height of 120 feet. The Gingko is pest-free, resistant to storm damage and provides light to moderate shade. 

Serving Washington, D.C. since 1890, Sibley Memorial Hospital is a 328-bed acute care nonprofit hospital.  Sibley is accredited by the Joint Commission and is licensed by the District of Columbia Department of Health and Human Services.



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