Maidenhair Tree

The maidenhair tree, known as Ginkgo biloba, is a remarkable and ancient tree species that has remained virtually unchanged for millions of years. Native to China, this deciduous tree can grow to impressive heights of up to 100 feet (30 meters) and has a unique fan-shaped leaf structure.

The Appearance

A large deciduous tree with a broad, spreading crown and distinctive fan-shaped leaves that turn bright yellow in autumn.


The Produce

The tree produces small, yellow-green flowers that are not particularly showy. The male and female flowers are typically found on separate trees.


The Flowers

Produces small, inconspicuous flowers in spring, followed by seeds that resemble small, yellowish plum-like fruits.


The Leaves

These leaves are typically bilobed, resembling a delicate fan with two distinct lobes, and arranged alternately on the branches.


The Bark

The bark is light gray and becomes deeply furrowed with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun. Commonly found in urban settings, parks, and gardens.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The leaves are resistant to pests and pollution.


The Culture

Highly valued in ornamental horticulture for its unique leaves and autumn color. Also used in traditional medicine.


Fun Facts

The Maidenhair Tree, or Ginkgo biloba, is often called a living fossil, with a lineage dating back over 200 million years.

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