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Distinguishing traits. The soft green leaves are a delicate fan shape that is so pretty and distinguishable it is often rendered in decor, whether on a pillow, wallpaper print, tile or bronze sculpture.
While the full-grown ginkgo has a lovely shape, young specimens go through an awkward and gangly adolescence, with odd branching patterns and a rate of slow growth. After a few years, they start to fill out and grow at a moderate rate.
The sensational golden yellow fall color is reason enough to plant this tree.
Here the ancient tree appears sculptural, its irregular form contrasting with the straight lines of the contemporary architecture surrounding it.
Fun facts. Google "ginkgo biloba" and you'll get a slew of medicinal information. The plant has been used to treat a range of ailments for thousands of years. In Eastern medicine these include asthma, indigestion and bronchitis.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the plant has proved effective for treatment of "intermittent claudication, Alzheimer's/multi-infarct dementia and cerebral insufficiency." It also is being studied as a remedy for discomforts from altitude sickness to PMS. You've probably heard of it most recently as a memory aid; scientists are still studying the efficacy of this use.