The ginkgo tree, also known as maidenhair tree, is a living fossil dating back to at least 270 million years. It is one of a kind since it is the sole living species in its family. Remarkably hardy, six of these trees survived the nuclear bombs of Hiroshima! Decimated by the bomb above ground, the roots survived and started to sprout again.
Originally from China, the ginkgo has been widely cultivated in cities around the world because of its tolerance to pollution. It is used in traditional medicine and its nuts are edible in small quantities.
Ginkgo trees are deciduous and turn a stunning butter yellow in autumn. They generally grow to be 25-30 metres tall although a 50 metres tall specimen exists in China.