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Ginkgo trees are large trees that can exceed 60 feet tall. The have a unique leaf that is in the shape of a fan that turns bright yellow in the fall. The leaf extract is thought to have valuable medicinal uses. The tree is also considered to be a living fossil as it is virtually unchanged over thousands of years and has no know close living relative.
Most of the Ginkgo trees in the U.S. have been cultivated. They can live most temperate climates and in most any soil conditions.
This specimen was photographed in Smithfield, VA not too far from my office. I have always enjoyed the tree but didn't know the significance of it until covering it recently in class.
Spotted on Oct 18, 2013
Submitted on Oct 23, 2013