Description: [Syn. Salisburia adiantifolia]
The ginkgo grows at least 80 ft (24 m) tall, upright when young and eventually spreading to 30 ft (9 m) or more. Deciduous, the 4 in (10 cm) long, matt green, fan-shaped leaves turn golden yellow in fall (autumn). A fleshy, plum-like orange-brown fruit with an edible kernel appears in late summer and fall if male and female trees are grown together.
Uses: Widely used in Chinese and Japanese herbal medicine. Also widely available as an herbal supplement in the US. The main effects of Ginkgo extract are reported to be in the areas of improved blood flow to tissues and organs, as an anti-oxidant it protects against cell damage from free-radicals, and blocks many of the effects of PAF (platelet aggregation / blood clotting) that have been related to various cardiovascular, renal and respiratory disorders.
USDA Zone: 3a-9b
Accession # 201100226
seed from Washinomiya Shrine, Saitama, Japan.
Collected 10 October 2008, Matt Opel