CONDITIONS: Full sun, urban conditions tolerated
WHERE AND WHY: It's a great shade and street tree, effective in parks or areas with a lot of room to grow. Beautiful to line a driveway as an allee.
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT IT: Commonly known as the Maidenhair Tree for it's beautiful fan-shaped leaves, the Gingko is actually more amazingly known as a "living fossil". The oldest tree in the world, dating back 170 million years to the middle Jurassic period, this tree shared the earth with dinosaurs, and after the Ice Age only survived in Asia. There are 600 species of this tree growing in North America today, and its ability to survive stems from it's ability to sprout air roots from the upper branches as a survival technique. Unshockingly thee are amazing city street trees and can withstand large amounts of stress. However, beware of the female Gingko. It produces smelly fruits called 'sarcotesta', also ingeniously made smelly to attract scavengers to eat them and then excrete them which serves to reseed. So if all else fails, and Earth is wiped out, this genius tree will live on.
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