Fact Friday – Ginkgo Biloba Tree
Tree – Ginkgo Biloba
The Ginkgo Biloba Tree is a large deciduous species that begins life with a conical shape, becoming more irregular as it matures.
The Ginkgo is a fabulous specimen tree. Best suited to large garden spaces.
Common Names: Maidenhair Tree, Fossil Tree
Foliage: Light green in colour with two-lobed, fan shaped leaves that turn saffron yellow in autumn.
Planting Tips: Best suited to sunny positions in well-drained soil. Being a tough tree, Ginkgo Biloba will grow well in sheltered or exposed sites and will grow to 10 x 4 metres in 20 years.
Culinary uses: Popular in Asian cuisine, Ginkgo nuts, found inside the seeds are mainly served during weddings or other special occasions.
- Ginkgo Biloba Trees are actually living fossils, and can be traced back over 270 million years!
- Four Ginkgo Biloba Trees, planted less than 2km away from the site of the Hiroshima atomic bomb survived the attack and are still alive to this day.
Ginkgo Biloba Trees have inspired many writers over the years, most famously, the German poet, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Who wrote a poem about the Gingko Biloba Tree, published in 1819.
(For literary reasons Goethe altered Gingko to Gingo)
This leaf from a tree in the East,
Has been given to my garden.
It reveals a certain secret,
Which pleases me and thoughtful people.
Is it a living being,
Which has separated in itself?
Or are these two, who chose
To be recognised as one?
Answering this kind of question,
Haven’t I found the proper meaning,
Don’t you feel in my songs,
That I’m one and double?
You can buy Ginkgo Biloba Trees year round from Ornamental Trees Ltd.