While the Ginkgo biloba is not native to North America it is a unique tree that is deserving of attention. This tree is a living fossil, being the only surviving plant out of a group of plants that were on the earth over 150 million years ago. It features distinctive two-lobed, somewhat leathery, fan-shaped, rich green leaves with almost parallel veins. The leaves turn a beautiful gold color and will all drop simultaneously in the fall. The tree is diecious, meaning each tree is either male or female. Most planted trees are males because female trees produce a fruit that, while delicious, emits a foul odor. The ginkgo is widely regarded in Japan, China, and Korea as a sacred tree and a symbol of resilience, health, and longevity. A cultural icon, it is also associated with hope and fertility. Some of the oldest specimens still living are thought to be at least 1,000 years old.


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