The Ginkgo is also know as the ‘Fossil Tree’ as the tree has remained unchanged since prehistoric times and is the sole survivor of an ancient group of trees from 170 million years ago that has outlived the dinosaurs. Traditionally the trees were planted in temple gardens in Japan and China, but today they are often found in towns worldwide. Though endangered in the wild because of deforestation, the maidenhair tree is cultivated throughout the world and prized for the medicinal properties of its leaves. Its unusual pendulous fan-shaped leaves have a slightly fleshy/leathery texture and are an attractive yellowy green colour through the summer which then turns into a spectacular rich golden foliage display in the autumn.
History: This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in 1975 by the Saratoga Research Foundation, California. Received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Meri
All the trees (and their positioning) on this tree trail have been discussed with arboreal specialists