Ginkgo Biloba

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Ginkgo Biloba

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Known commonly 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 i don't think it would bee sexist to say beware of the female Gingko. It produces very smelly fruits called 'sarcotesta', also ingeniously made smelly to attract scavengers to eat them and then excrete them which serves to reseed. called So if all else fails an the earth is wiped out by itself, we can al rest well knowing that this genius tree will live on.

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