December Reflections and Colours.

Keynsham Park

Reflections Under the Bridge
Fallen Ginkgo Biloba leaves.

Ginkgo biloba, commonly known as ginkgo or gingko also known as the maidenhair tree, is a species of tree native to China. It is the last living species in the order Ginkgoales, which first appeared over 290 million years ago. Fossils very similar to the living species, belonging to the genus Ginkgo, extend back to the Middle Jurassic approximately 170 million years ago. The tree was cultivated early in human history and remains often planted in gardens and parks. Ginkgo leaf extract is commonly used as a dietary supplement, but there is no scientific evidence that it supports human health or is effective against any disease. Conservation status. Endangered in the wild

In 1806, William Hamilton wrote to Thomas Jefferson that he intended to send him three trees that he thought Jefferson would “deem valuable additions” to his garden. Ginkgo biloba or the China Maidenhair tree was one of the three. Hamilton went on to say that it produced a “good eatable nut.”

The Gingko is a large, hardy, deciduous tree with delicate, fan-shaped leaves that turn bright yellow in fall, and it has been used medicinally for thousands of years. The female trees produce edible fruit.

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2 thoughts on “December Reflections and Colours.”

  1. You have chosen one of my favourite trees to reprise here! Two grow locally in Bussage and I always notice the fallen bright yellow carpet of leaves!
    In fact they have been recommended for us to take to help with circulation and (possibly?) the brain! Interesting comments. X


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