November 17, 2020

The Ginkgo Trees Lose Their Leaves

The mighty ginkgo tree in my sunken Summer House garden is bare once again.

Ginkgo biloba, commonly known as ginkgo or gingko, and also known as the maidenhair tree, is the only living species in the division Ginkgophyta. It is found in fossils dating back about 300-million years. Native to China, the ginkgo is widely cultivated. I have several ginkgo trees planted around my home, but the majestic female ginkgo behind my Summer House is original to the property and more than 250-years old. Although not as large as others I've seen, my tree is quite massive. Ginkgo trees have beautiful green leaves that turn a luminous golden yellow in fall. And on one day, after a hard frost sweeps down the east coast, my mighty ginkgo, along with the others at my farm and countless more in the area, drops its leaves leaving a gorgeous carpet of color below.

Here are some photos, enjoy.