Gingko

Scientific Name:

Ginkgo biloba

Type:

Tree

Habitat:

Broadleaf forests

Range:

Native to China, introduced to Japan and South Korea, cultivated worldwide

Status:

Endangered (IUCN Red List)

This species is

NON-NATIVE

to the Truckee Meadows.

Identification:

Ginkgo trees have distinct leaves that are fan shaped and have two lobes (hence the latin name bi-loba). Ginkgo trees are deciduous (meaning they lose their leaves in fall) conifers (any tree that bears cones).

Fast Facts:

  • Ginkgos are ancient trees that date back to the time of the dinosaurs. They have been relatively unchanged for the past 200 million years.

  • This tree was thought to be extinct by botanists until discovered in a monastery in China where it was brought back to Europe in the 1700's after its re-discovery.

  • Gingkos are also called maidenhair trees.

  • Ginkgo trees are well known in some places as foul-smelling do to the female trees' fruit that smells like rancid butter.

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