Ginko trees. Native to china the tree is widely cultivated and was cultivated early in human historyit has various uses in traditional medicine. It was rediscovered in 1691 in china and was brought to this country in the late 1700s. Considered to be the worlds oldest living species of tree geological evidence of ginkgos have been dated to the mesozoic era some 200 million years ago. They are also disease resistant and tolerate urban pollution.
All of these qualitiesalong with their small leavesmake them good choices for planting along city streets where they can grow into tall shade trees. Millions of urban dwellers know the ginkgo primarily as a street tree with elegant fan shaped leaves foul smelling fruits and nuts prized for their reputed medicinal properties. Gingko trees are deciduous hardy shade trees with unique fan shaped leaves which are linked to a primitive family of trees commonly found 160 million years ago in china. Ginkgo biloba commonly known as ginkgo or gingko both pronounced n k o also known as the maidenhair tree is the only living species in the division ginkgophyta all others being extinctit is found in fossils dating back 270 million years.
Botanical gardens around the world feature this beautiful living fossil. Ginkgo biloba trees are attractive enough to be used as specimen plants in your landscaping particularly because of their golden fall foliage color. The ginkgo tree ginkgo biloba is also called the maidenhair tree because it resembles maidenhair ferns. They are more tolerant of compacted soil than many trees are.