Also called maidenhair tree or 銀杏 (ichō or gin kyō, "silver apricot" in 🇯🇵 Japanese).  Pronounced gingko (ɡɪŋkoʊ).  The English spelling "ginkgo" is probably a misspelling of that Japanese "ginkyo".

The only surviving species of its genus, family and order Ginkgoales.

Native to 🇨🇳 China, although widely planted around the world.

Ginkgo hosts caterpillars of no species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.

Recipe planting info (SW Michigan).  Adobe Acrobat Reader file

Ginkgo (together with 🌲︎ conifer  order Pinales, cycad  order Cycadales and a few more), have 'naked' seeds ( gymnosperm ), by not enclosing its seeds with any ovary structure.


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Unlike most trees today, ginkgos have been almost unchanged for 200 million years.  Thus their fossil leaves (through their number of stomata) can tell us a lot about ancient levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.

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