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Ginkgo Biloba

We are most fortunate to have this historical tree featured at the entrance gate to Rusthuiz. It strong presence and ample beauty intrigues our ongoing guest and visitors. We watch in awe how this tall luminous tree, each turn of the season changes into its green, red, yellow or “bared-skinned” attire. In autumn the Ginkgo’s beautifully fan-shaped leaves covers our concrete ground with a mustard yellow blanket.

 

Here are some interesting facts of our beloved Ginkgo Biloba tree:

 

The Ginkgo is a living fossil, recognizably similar to fossils dating back 270 million years. Native to China. The tree is widely cultivated in China, Germany & U.S It has various uses in traditional medicine. It is oldest living tree species and its leaves are among the most extensively studied herbs in use today.

A single tree can live as long as 1,000 years and grow to a height of 30m – 50m
The Ginkgo has short branches with fan-shaped leaves and inedible fruits that produce a strong odor.

Ginkgo biloba is the national tree of China; it isn’t only China that is enamored of its beauty. Tokyo claims it as its official tree, using a ginkgo leaf as the city symbol.