Gingko (Gingko biloba)

Quick Facts

  • Fossil record indicates the Ginkgo first appeared 270 million years ago
  • National tree of China
  • Seeds are cooked and served at many traditional Chinese celebrations
  • One of the few tree species to survive the 1km blast zone from the 1945 atomic bomb which landed on Hiroshima

About

The Ginkgo can reach to be up to 40 meters in height with irregular branching. The leaves are a beautiful green and fan shaped with two or more lobes which account for the Latin name biloba (two lobes). The leaves turn a golden yellow before hitting the ground for the winter.  Ginkgo are long-lived trees, the oldest recorded Ginkgo tree was 3,500 years old.

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