Tree Tuesday

Gingko Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba

Gingko Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba

 

 

The ginkgo biloba tree is considered a living fossil.

The modern tree is related to trees that were growing on this planet over 200 million years ago. During the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, the plants diversified and spread throughout the areas that are now Europe and Asia. They were very common in both the northern and southern hemispheres. For some reason, the plants disappeared from the fossil record at the end of the Pliocene epoch (almost 2 million years ago) in all areas, except for one small area of central China.

  Today, there are trees in China that are believed to be over 1500 years old. In Hiroshima Japan, there are four trees that survived the atomic bomb in 1945. While most plants and animals in the area of the blast were completely destroyed, the ginkgo biloba tree was only charred and the four still survive to this day.

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Trees have about them something beautiful and attractive even to the fancy,
since they cannot change their places,
are witnesses of all the changes that take place around them;
and as some reach a great age, they become, as it were, historical monuments,
and like ourselves they have a life, growing and passing away,
–not being inanimate and unvarying like the fields and rivers.
One sees them passing through various stages,
and at last step by step approaching death,
which makes them look still more like ourselves.”
— Wilhelm von Humboldt

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14 thoughts on “Tree Tuesday

  1. Such character!

  2. The character in this tree is remarkable!

  3. The Ginko is very special. An autumn in Beijing, China, when the leaves are all golden and young and old people do their morning gymnastics under the trees. Their swords slowly moving to music unheard of – memories. This is a lovely post!

    • Thank you for that lovely comment, it paints such a beautiful picture of China. I loved how actively the Chinese used their parks. I loved to walk around watching all the various activities when I visited China in 1989

      • I agree! So many activities and old and young together. I wish we could do the same here. The ginko lives with you down there? Here there are one or two in the southernmost part of Sweden only. I guess the climate is wrong – or I would have had one!

        • I planted one in the garden in New Zealand but the climate is to humid here in Queensland the one I photographed was further south

  4. Ginkgos are one of my favourite trees. Their leaves are so freshly green and soft – and quite uniquely shaped. Very much enjoyed this post 🙂

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