What tree is a living fossil?

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Ginkgo Spring

Horticulture Trivia

What tree is a living fossil?  It has a history dating back over 200 million years.

If you guessed the “Ginkgo”, you know your trees (and fossils).  The Ginkgo is considered the oldest tree species to survive, and the Ginkgo biloba is the only surviving member of the Ginkgo family.

Originating in central China, Ginkgo was first introduced into the United States in 1784.  These trees have endured millions of years due to their genetic tenacity – they are long-lived trees, remarkably resistant to disease and pests, and are also extremely tolerant of air pollution and other environmental issues.

Undoubtedly one of the most distinct and beautiful of all deciduous trees, the Ginkgo only gets better with age.  The fall color alone (an “excellent yellow”) is sufficient reason to plant this tree.

We would love to plant a fossil in your yard!

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