The maidenhair tree from Princess Augusta’s original botanic garden is still thriving at Kew
Ginkgo biloba is one of the few trees that survive from Princess Augusta’s original 1762 botanic garden.
14 Sep 2009
Gingko biloba at Kew (Image: RBG Kew)
The magnificent Ginkgo biloba or maidenhair tree that dates from 1762 is one of the few trees that survive from Princess Augusta’s original botanic garden.
A hardy but endangered species, it grows in the wild in eastern China in only two locations and has no known living relatives.
Ginkgo trees are highly resistant to weather damage. Several even survived the Hiroshima atomic bomb in 1945 and are still alive today.
Ginkgo is used in Chinese medicine and is said to aid concentration and memory.
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