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Ginko biloba
Posted by: Kit ()
Date: December 26, 2007 09:28PM





As usual the Ginko biloba trees were lovely this fall.

Kit

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Re: Ginko biloba
Posted by: Pistachio ()
Date: December 29, 2007 01:33AM

Thanks for the photos. For some reason I pictured the plant as a small shrub. The foliage stands out in contrast to its background. What areas of the country does it grow in?

Wishing you vibrant health


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Re: Ginko biloba
Posted by: Kit ()
Date: December 31, 2007 02:44AM

Hi Pistachio,

Yep, they are full blown trees. Leaves are light green most of the time and, as you can see, bright yellow in fall. Female trees have olive sized fruit that some folks eat. The smell of the fruit is not so great though and they can make a mess. Leaves have been used for tea too but, BTW, I would recommend looking such things up before ingesting. For strictly landscaping the male trees are considered easier maintenance.

My experience is they are tolerant of a lot of conditions. Sunset Western Garden Books says they grow in zones A3; 1-10,12,14-24 which gives them a wide range at least in the western USA.

I always remember hearing of them being one of, if not THE, oldest known tree. That and that a Ginko tree survived the Hiroshima bombing in Japan! These trees are survivors.

Kit


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Re: Ginko biloba
Posted by: Pistachio ()
Date: January 01, 2008 01:54AM

Interesting tidbits. Thanks.

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