Ginkgo Biloba, Tree

Tall Tree
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Ginkgo biloba is the oldest surviving tree species. It is a living fossil because Ginkgoales other than Ginkgo Biloba are not known from the fossil record after the Pliocene. A single tree can live as long as 1,000 years and grow to a height of 120 feet.


Ginkgo Biloba Tree   •  Also Maidenhair Tree, a unique species   •  Strybing Arboretum external link San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 27 June 2010)   •  (Photo taken 13:30:40 Sunday 2 May 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #134030_4184BCX
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Trunk Is Smooth
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The tree generally has a single central trunk which is fairly smooth and lightly colored, and the wood is insect resistant. The tree is usually deep rooted and resistant to wind.


Ginkgo Biloba Tree   •  Also Maidenhair Tree, a unique species   •  Strybing Arboretum external link San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 27 June 2010)   •  (Photo taken 13:40:38 Sunday 2 May 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #134038_4185BCX
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Short Branches
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The tree has short branches regularly spaced with regularly spaced leaves.


Ginkgo Biloba Tree   •  Also Maidenhair Tree, a unique species   •  Strybing Arboretum external link San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 27 June 2010)   •  (Photo taken 13:40:44 Sunday 2 May 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #134044_4186BCX
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Inedible Fruit
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This tree has inedible fruits that produce a strong odor. The fruit contains an inner seed that may be poisonous


Ginkgo Biloba Tree   •  Also Maidenhair Tree, a unique species   •  Strybing Arboretum external link San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 27 June 2010)   •  (Photo taken 13:40:50 Sunday 2 May 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #134050_4187BCX
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Fan Shaped Leaves
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The tree has distinctive fan shaped leaves. The leaves contain plant-based antioxidants. An extract prepared from the leaves has many medical and herbal uses. The extract is considered to be safe, and side effects are rare and mild.


Ginkgo Biloba Tree   •  Also Maidenhair Tree, a unique species   •  Strybing Arboretum external link San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 27 June 2010)   •  (Photo taken 13:41:22 Sunday 2 May 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #134122_4189BCX
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Leafs Grow From Branches
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A detail shot of how the leaves grow from the ends of the branches.


Ginkgo Biloba Tree   •  Also Maidenhair Tree, a unique species   •  Strybing Arboretum external link San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 27 June 2010)   •  (Photo taken 13:42:06 Sunday 2 May 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #134206_4191BCX
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Male Tree
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Part of reproduction is through pollen-bearing cones as shown here. Ginkgo Biloba has male and female trees. The pollen-bearing cones only appear on the male tree.


Ginkgo Biloba Tree   •  Also Maidenhair Tree, a unique species   •  Strybing Arboretum external link San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 27 June 2010)   •  (Photo taken 13:43:48 Sunday 2 May 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #134348_4196BCX
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A Good Urban Tree
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Ginkgos adapt well to the urban environment. They are tolerant of pollution and confined soil spaces, and rarely suffer disease problems even in urban conditions. And they are beautiful trees.


Ginkgo Biloba Tree   •  Also Maidenhair Tree, a unique species   •  Strybing Arboretum external link San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 27 June 2010)   •  (Photo taken 13:50:56 Sunday 2 May 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #135056_4188BCX
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