Ginkgo biloba

Native to China, this species was introduced to the northeastern North America where it is planted as an ornamental tree in urban environments. The trees produce very characteristic and unmistakable fan-shaped leaves. This species is one of the best-known examples of a “living fossil” and many additional species of Ginkgos not alive today are present in the fossil record. It is also known as the Maidenhair Tree.

Habitat:Moist soils but is adaptable, full to part-sun.
Growth Habit:Deciduous tree, growing up to 24 m tall by 18 m wide, several vertical trunks.
Bloom Time:Early spring.
Longevity:Very long-lived.
Presence in US:DC KY MS NC NJ NY PA VA
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