Ginkgo Biloba
Tree

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Tall Tree
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Ginkgo Biloba Tree
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Ginkgo biloba is the oldest surviving tree species. It is a living fossil because Ginkgoales other than Ginkgo Biloba are not known from the fossil record after the Pliocene. A single tree can live as long as 1,000 years and grow to a height of 120 feet.


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Trunk Is Smooth
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Ginkgo Biloba Tree
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The tree generally has a single central trunk which is fairly smooth and lightly colored, and the wood is insect resistant. The tree is usually deep rooted and resistant to wind.


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Short Branches
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Ginkgo Biloba Tree
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The tree has short branches regularly spaced with regularly spaced leaves.


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Inedible Fruit
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Ginkgo Biloba Tree
Also Maidenhair Tree, a unique species
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This tree has inedible fruits that produce a strong odor. The fruit contains an inner seed that may be poisonous


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Fan Shaped Leaves
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Ginkgo Biloba Tree
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The tree has distinctive fan shaped leaves. The leaves contain plant-based antioxidants. An extract prepared from the leaves has many medical and herbal uses. The extract is considered to be safe, and side effects are rare and mild.


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Leafs Grow From Branches
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Ginkgo Biloba Tree
Also Maidenhair Tree, a unique species
Strybing Arboretum external link San Francisco, California
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A detail shot of how the leaves grow from the ends of the branches.


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Male Tree
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Ginkgo Biloba Tree
Also Maidenhair Tree, a unique species
Strybing Arboretum external link San Francisco, California
(Photo posted Sunday 27 June 2010)
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Part of reproduction is through pollen-bearing cones as shown here. Ginkgo Biloba has male and female trees. The pollen-bearing cones only appear on the male tree.


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A Good Urban Tree
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Ginkgo Biloba Tree
Also Maidenhair Tree, a unique species
Strybing Arboretum external link San Francisco, California
(Photo posted Sunday 27 June 2010)
(Photo taken 13:50:56 Sunday 2 May 2010)
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Ginkgos adapt well to the urban environment. They are tolerant of pollution and confined soil spaces, and rarely suffer disease problems even in urban conditions. And they are beautiful trees.


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