Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Ginkgo biloba....a lovely prehistoric tree that's reliably gold every fall

I would have a Ginkgo in one of my personal gardens if they didn't get so darned big. Either Ginkgoes per se, or a very very close relative are present in the fossil record from the Permian. That means they survived the Pernian/Triassic extinction; an event that resulted in the extinction of almost all marine fauna, a huge percentage of the insect population, and up to 3/4 of terrestrial vertebrates. Wow.

1 comment:

Jim said...

Size should be no problem. They can be pruned heavily and kept like a shrub if you like. In fact, I think one is treated that way in Asian Valley. Ginkgo are great as bonsai material, too.