October 12, 2021

A Branch Falls from the Mighty Ginkgo Tree at My Farm

The mighty ginkgo tree behind my Summer House continues to thrive after losing one of its big branches.

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 tree is widely cultivated, and was cultivated early in human history. I have several ginkgo trees planted around my home, but the majestic ginkgo in my sunken garden is original to the property and about 250-years old. Although not as large as others I've seen, my tree is quite massive. Not long ago, my head gardener, Ryan McCallister, noticed one of its bigger branches broke and fell - most likely from a recent storm. Fortunately, it did not cause too much damage to the plantings below and the cleanup was quick.

Here are some photos, enjoy.