Ginkgo biloba

Botanical Name: Ginko biloba

Phonetic: Ging-koe bye-lobe-uh

Common Name(s): Maidenhair Tree

Family: Ginkgoaceae
Origin: Central China
Plant Type: Tree
Persistence: Deciduous (confier)

Leaf Type: Simple, broad, fan-shaped, 2 lobed
Leaf Color: Medium to rich green
Fall Color: Golden-yellow
Texture: Medium
Density: Medium
Bloom Season: Spring/Insignificant
Flower Color(s): Inconspicuous/green (male plants), female produces edible nuts in fall

Exposure: Full sun
USDA: 3-8
Climate Zones(s): 1-9, 14-24
Growth Rate: Slow                               
Height: 45-60 Feet  
Spread: 25-30 Feet
Hydrozone: Medium/2
Pest/Diseases: No serious problems
Soil: Deep soil, regular water, widely adaptable

Features: One of the oldest angiosperms on the planet (more than 200 million years old), can create litter, great fall color!, low maintenance
Uses: Park tree, street tree, residential tree, accent, woodland gardens, Asian style gardens, bonsai specimen, containers

Medicinal properties: Ginkgo has a long history of use in treating blood disorders and memory issues. It is best known today as way to potentially keep your memory sharp. Laboratory studies have shown that ginkgo improves blood circulation by opening up blood vessels and making blood less sticky. It is also an antioxidant.

For those reasons, ginkgo may improve vein and eye health. Although not all studies agree, ginkgo may help treat dementia (including Alzheimer disease) and intermittent claudication, or poor circulation in the legs. It may also protect memory in older adults.

Ginkgo leaves contain flavonoids and terpenoids, which are both antioxidants. In your body, harmful particles called free radicals build up as you age, and may contribute to heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer disease. Antioxidants like those found in ginkgo fight off free radicals, and stop them from damaging DNA and other cells.

(Source: Maryland University, Medical Center, web.)

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