The Trees at Keele

Maidenhair Tree  Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo leaf

Origin: It was first found by Europeans in Japan, though it is a native of China. It first arrived in Britain in the mid 18th century and the first tree still survives today at Kew. Ginkgos are very primitive trees, being the dominant tree some 200 million years ago - before the conifers and broadleaves appeared. They are more frequent in parks and gardens in southern Britain as they prefers warmer conditions.

The leaves, which are unique, emerge bright green in April/May, becoming dark green, fan-like and rather leathery in texture before turning bright yellow in the autumn.

The trees are either male or female but, only a few older trees flower; and they are mainly males. Growth can be very slow.

Location : We have one outside the Moser Building; square L8; tag 1024. Planted in 2008 and two in the special collection by the Memorial Garden; square K11; tags 26 and 27.