Ginkgo

Arbor walk #96, Treekeeper ID #5779

This tree is in the Ginkgoaceae family and is known as the most superior of the species. The Autumn Gold evolved over 200 million years ago and can withstand extremely harsh conditions. The tree produces a beautiful gold leaf color in Autumn, hence the name.

Considered a living fossil, this variety of Ginkgo can live to be over 1,000 years old. It is considered sacred in Chinese culture, and a symbol of longevity. This is in part because it grows slowly, allowing its wood to become very hard, and resistant to harsh conditions. Its seeds and leaves are most commonly known for their medicinal properties, used to improve memory and cure other ailments. The ‘Autumn Gold’ is a male variety, and therefore will not produce fruit.

Common NameGinkgo
Latin NameGinkgo biloba
Indigenous Name(s)
Cultivar/Variety‘Autumn Gold’
Commercial Name

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