Botanical name: Ginkgo biloba
The Ginkgo Biloba, also known as the Maidenhair Tree, is a unique species of tree with no close living relative. As the sole representative of one of the most ancient genera, the Gingko may be considered a true living fossil as its ancestors flourished in many parts of the world during the Jurassic Period, from the evidence of fossils dating back 200 million years ago. The crown becomes broader as the tree ages. The leaves are unique among seed plants, in that they are fan-shaped with veins radiating out into the leaf blade. During autumn, the leaves turn a bright yellow, then fall, sometimes within a short space of time (1–15 days). Fruits arranged in clusters are golden yellow when ripe.
Hardy Bonsai material needs to be wintered over in a protected cold spot so that they can go through their natural dormancy period. Inside an unheated garage, cold frame, or bury in the ground with good insulation for the roots.