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Maidenhair tree

Ginkgo biloba L.

Family: Ginkgoaceae

Name justification:
The name of the genus comes from the Japanese Ging-kyo or Ginkgo, which seems to mean tree without leaves in winter. 
Biloba is related to the two lobes of their leaves, similar to a fan divided in two.

Common name: Maidenhair tree
Description: Tall tree
Leaf: Decidious Broad Entire

Origin and distribution:
It is traditionally cultivated in graveyards and Chinese and Japanese temples, so it has a holy meaning. The botanist Kaempfer introduced it in Holland, firstly with a drawing and later, by the beginning of the 18th century, he cultivated it in the Botanic Gardens of Utrecht. From then, it has been cultivated as ornamental; firstly as a sign of extreme distinction, but nowadays it has become popular. The first natural populations were discovered in China, after the Second World War.

Location in the garden:
There are two specimens next to the fountain located nearby the Monument to 'A Leiteira'.


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