Hardiness Zone4b (ref. Hydro-Québec)
Region of OriginChina
Mother Tree located inMontréal, Québec
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Ginkgo biloba is one of the oldest living trees known. Its family, the ginkgoaceae, represents the oldest tree family in the world. It appeared 270 million years ago (long before the dinosaurs). This suggests that the ginkgo biloba has rubbed shoulders with the dinosaurs, which makes it a very special tree. But this tree is not special just because of its old age, it is also special because of its unique appearance.
This tree, native to China, has leaves fan-shaped, which are often composed of two lobes. They turn yellow gold in autumn. It is a tree that lives a long time. The oldest subject is 1250 years. It is said that this tree could potentially be immortal, since it has no natural predators... It is also known to be free from diseases and insects.
In addition, it is extremely resistant to urban conditions, whether to compaction, de-icing salts or pollution. As ginkgo biloba is dioecious, male and female individuals are required to obtain viable fruits... However, it is often preferred to plant the male individuals, since the fruits of the female plants release a real foul odor when decomposing...
The ginkgo biloba has many medicinal properties : Anticoagulant, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antispasmodic, digestive, nutritious, pectoral, circulatory and nervous tonic and vasodilator...