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Description for Ginkgo
Ginkgo biloba, known as ginkgo, also spelled gingko, or as the maidenhair tree, is the only living species in the division Ginkgophyta, all others being extinct. It is found in fossils dating back 270 million years.
Planting and care
Also called the maidenhair tree, ginkgo trees are long living, drought and pest resistant, and incredibly strong; so strong in fact, they were the only trees to survive following the Hiroshima atomic bomb attack. These trees may grow to a height of 80 feet; however, they are slow growers and as such will work well in many garden areas within
Ginkgos have a gorgeous yellow fall color and have a spreading habitat which varies dependent upon the cultivar.
Caring for Ginkgo
- Ginkgo trees are multi-purpose in their uses as they make wonderful shade trees, specimen plants (including amazing bonsai) and street trees. As street trees, they are tolerant of city conditions such as air pollution and road salt.
Although they may need to be staked when saplings, once they have attained some size, staking is no longer required and the trees may also be transplanted with great ease and no fuss.
Typical uses of Ginkgo
Special features: Excellent selection for a variety of uses, including lawn tree, street tree or shade tree.
Culinary use: Ginkgo nuts are used in congee, and are often served at special
Ornamental use: na
Medicinal use: for which ginkgo biloba extract is often recommended include depression, diabetes related nerve damage and poor circulation, allergies, vertigo
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