Ginkgo Biloba Tree Facts

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Learn some interesting and essential “Ginkgo Biloba Tree Facts” in this educative post, some might surprise you.Ginkgo biloba - Maidenhair Tree

  • Ginkgo tree is native to China. One of the most interesting ginkgo biloba tree facts is that it is also known as a ‘living fossil’ because the Ginkgo biloba is one of the oldest living tree species, more than 250 million years ago.
  • Ginkgo biloba is an ornamental tree valued for the beauty of its foliage and branches. It is a very strong tree and easy to grow.
  • Ginkgo biloba trees are the only current representative species of the genus Ginkgo and family Ginkgoaceae. There are male trees that bear flowers with pollen and female trees bear female flowers and the “fruits”.
  • Fruit forms on female Ginkgo tree stinks and emit smell like rancid butter or like baby’s vomit that is why only male trees are planted by those who plant it for ornamental purpose.
  • One more surprising and interesting of all the Ginkgo tree facts listed here is that it has exceptional resistance to weather, pests and pollution. Ginkgo was the first plant species that restart growing in the spring following the nuclear explosion in Hiroshima.
  • Ginkgo can be grown as an isolated tree or in alignment. Its popular name “Tree of Forty Crowns” associated due to its fan shaped leaves of golden color.
  • Ginkgo trees are large, they can grow between 20 – 40 m. tall. Ginkgo trees are also used to make bonsai.
  • Ginkgo is widely used as a medicinal plant. Its leaves contain substance called ginkgolide that improves the blood circulation and functioning of brain. It is one of the best selling herbal medicines in Europe.
  • Ginkgo wood is traditionally used in Asia to make furniture of Buddhist temples. It is also used in constructions.
  • Gingko nuts are edible and very beneficial for health, they are used in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicines or grilled as an appetizer.

For information on “How to Grow Ginkgo Tree” and its care, read this article.

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  1. We have a 45 year old Ginko tree. This year it has large normal leaves about half way up and then lot of real small leaves. Some of the upper limbs will have large leaves in clumps at the end of the branch and then rest will be small leaves.. Any help with why?

  2. Amazing! My 12-year-old ginkgo, that I knew nothing about, lives in my backyard. My mom got it for me. This really helps me care for it!


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