What is Gingko biloba? Well, that depends on who you ask. The Gingko biloba tree is a relic from the past. It is the last surviving member of a family of trees called Gingkoplyta. This ancient family of trees can be found in fossil records dating back at least 250 million years Today, we are left with the tree we call Gingko biloba. It was first documented by Carl Linneaus back in 1771, but the Chinese and Japanese have admired this tree for many thousands of years.
Gingko Biloba – the Miracle Tree
The Japanese have many different names for the Gingko biloba tree. It is considered as a national treasure in Japan, and can be seen lining parks and streets. You can grow your own if you like. It is a rather tolerant tree, but outside a pot, it does not seem to like being pruned. However, it is perfect for the ancient Japanese art of Bonsai. Grown in a pot, it seems to thrive and will easy fruit. Don’t be tempted to eat the fruits as they can easily cause an allergic reaction.
To see the best examples, it could be worth your while to travel to Japan. In Japan, the Gingko tree forms part of many Bonsai displays, but a very special one can be see in the Kobe temple Hosenji. This tree is tenderly looked after by the local monks, and it is said to be well over 2000 years. Today, the tree still fruits every year and carries on growing.