Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), also known as the maidenhair tree, is the only living species in the division Ginkgophyta, all others being extinct. It is found in fossils dating back 270 million years. Native to China, the tree is widely cultivated, and was cultivated early in human history. It has various uses in traditional medicine and as a source of food. The Ginkgo is perhaps most well-known for its signature fan-shaped leaves that have come to symbolize longevity and endurance. The Ginkgo tree is considered both a shade tree and an ornamental tree. It features a spreading canopy capable of blocking sunlight and adds visual interest and beauty to landscaping.
If Trees Could Sing…
Click here to see Dan Pinson talk about one of his favorite trees. Video courtesy of The Nature Conservancy and Dan “Danimal” Pinson.
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Photos taken at Old Town March 2021, June 2021 and 2022.