|Photo of ginkgo leaves from wikipedia|
My love of the ginkgo leaf comes from my long history with Winona Lake IN. But the tree itself has a much looonger history. The tree has been in existence since the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods, or 270 million years. They have lived to see the dinosaurs live and die, and watched the evolution of plant and animal life up to the present day. There is no other plant like the ginkgo in existence today
It is the only tree that gets its water and sends it through one waterway up the trunk, instead of many small xylem and phloem inside the bark that modern trees use to deliver water and nutrients. This is one reason why the leaf has such an interesting shape, different than all the others.
It is admired for its beauty, perhaps beginning in ancient China; used for medicinal purposes and as a food source. For a plant that is so old it has characteristics that have repopularized it today. It can be found in many urban settings, not just pampered gardens. It can be very adaptive and disease resistant, which makes it perfect for roadside planting.
|Everything is a little different with the ginkgo tree, even the way the leaves are attached to the limbs.|
|Here is an actual photo of one of my special trees.|
|Ginkgoes Galore, a quilt by Ann Fahl|