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November 18, 2019

Ginkgo work of art - A lovely gift from autumn

"A lovely gift from autumn", charming video by China Daily on Twitter:

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November 11, 2019

2019 Ginkgo trees in fall on my Twitter

Visit my Twitter account The Ginkgo Tweets to view many photos/videos/news about the Ginkgo in fall, for instance:

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October 25, 2019

Update of my website The Ginkgo Pages

* Update of my Fossils-page , History-page , Tree-page and Literature-page  with  recent article:  
Resequencing 545 ginkgo genomes across the world reveals the evolutionary history of the living fossil by Zhao et al.
* Added special page with many Ginkgo stamps.

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October 17, 2019

Fukusada Great Ginkgo tree

Fukusada Great Ginkgo tree (Fukusada No Oicho), Hosen-ji temple,  Tanabe, Wakayama, Japan.
This tree is over 400 years old, height c. 22 m, girth 5.5 m, local and national treasure.
At a point of four meters height the large trunk splits into a large number of small branches. The tree is therefore called a "thousand branch" Ginkgo tree.

Video on YouTube by TokyoStreetView.
Picture: Kumano Kodo.

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September 22, 2019

Squirrel eating Ginkgo seed - video

On twitter Harris Youchien posted a short video of a squirrel in a Ginkgo tree eating a Ginkgo seed.

More info about the seeds and dispersers on my Propagation-page.

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September 08, 2019

Playing with Ginkgo leaves, Clairborn School, CA

A Clairborn  tradition for 20 years - Playing with Ginkgo leaves.


Clairborn School school has two groves of Ginkgo trees on its campus. It is located 8400 Huntington Drive, San Gabriel, Los Angeles County, California 91775, US.

On its website the school writes:

"Junior Pre-Kindergarten Teacher Lee Rankin remembers that she started taking students out to play in the leaves somewhere around 1998. Since the city of San Gabriel doesn’t have snow in the wintertime, this is the next best option for students to have a special wintertime experience.  The Ginkgo leaves are a perfect play medium because they stay soft and flexible, and have great hang-time when thrown in the air, and their bright yellow color picks up the sunlight in jewel-like fashion. It creates the perfect childhood moments where they get to experience the joy of romping through piles of leaves, chasing their friends, and having a snow-ball-like leaf fight.  
This twenty-year tradition is now one of the most cherished memories for Clairbourn students."

More videos by ClairbornSchool on YouTube: here, here and here.

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August 15, 2019

Stamp page - Ginkgo leaf design, Jersey

Stamp with Ginkgo tree and leaves

Jersey, 75th anniversary of Jersey Trees for Life - Maidenhair  tree - Ginkgo biloba - stamp issued July 3, 2012.

This stamp is one of many stamps depicting Ginkgo that were sent to me by John Gray, thank you!

Many more stamps from different countries on my
new page: Ginkgo stamps.

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July 25, 2019

Ginkgo leaves dish Edo period

Dish with Ginkgo leaves

c. 1688 - 1704, Japan, Edo period, Genroka Era.

Porcelain with underglaze blue (Hizen ware, Nabeshima type).
Diameter: 20 cm.
Complex, abstracted design of Ginkgo leaves and “Chinese grasses” (karakusa) in underglaze blue.

Enlarged photo and more info: The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio.

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July 15, 2019

Red ribbons and Millennium Ginkgo in Fulaishan

This Millennium Ginkgo tree is said to be the oldest Ginkgo tree in the world.
In this video a woman tells about how she got to sell red ribbons (red = good luck) to visiting tourists who write their wishes on them.  

The tree is located near a temple in Fulaishan, Juxian, Shandong, China and is probably older than 3,000 years, height c. 26 m, girth c.15,7 m. Covering an area of over 600 square meters, it is still flourishing and full of vitality.

More on my blogpost of September 28, 2012.

Video by Looking China Official Channel on YouTube
It has subtitles in English. 

Photo: Travel China 

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June 22, 2019

Craft a copper Ginkgo leaf

How to craft a copper Ginkgo leaf with as few tools as possible.

Video by George Goehl on YouTube.

George Goehl from Nashville, Indiana writes:
"Since 1973 I have made my living designing, crafting and selling metal sculpture. 
The idea is to take what I have to offer and then add your own creative style whether it is in design or technique. 
I particularly like working alone in my shop, using my hands to create something new. It's mentally refreshing and ending with a finished piece of sculpture, My hope is that these videos will act like planting a seed, a seed that will grow into a creative outlet for your own personal fulfillment."

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June 07, 2019

Ginkgo in Britain's forests, Chelsea Flower Show 2019

At RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 species that are better adapted to a future climate were shown in the Resilience Garden, designed by Sarah Eberle. 

Video by Forestry England on YouTube.

In future Britain will have species like Ginkgo and Monkey Puzzle trees in its forests. There is need to increase tree cover, diversify planting and follow strict biosecurity guidelines to help protect forest, gardens and landscapes from climate change, pests and diseases. 

 Resilience Garden starts at 1 minute and 46 seconds.
 Video by The Petalogist on YouTube.

The garden has been awarded the Gold Medal and Best Construction Award and is supported by Forestry Commission, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Scottish Forestry, Scottish Government, Welsh Government, Gravetye Manor Hotel and Restaurant, Kingscote Estate.

Visit  Shoot's website about the plants, trees and see more photos.

More links: BBC and The Telegraph.

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May 18, 2019

Wood Wide Web: trees talk and are connected

Trees are connected by an underground network of fungi that connect the trees and provide them with the nutrients they need to survive: 
the Wood Wide Web.
An international team of scientists has created the first global map of this underground network. They created a computer algorithm to analyze a database from the Global Forest Initiative, which includes over 1.1 million trees featuring some 28,000 species of tree.
The new model could help predict and assess climate change, as well as aid forest managers in the restoration of woodlands around the world.

Read more: Nature and BBC.

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May 05, 2019

Ginkgo tree Towneley Park, Burnley

Ginkgo tree Towneley Park,  Burnley, Lancashire, England.

Video on YouTube by Paul G. He writes:

"Two visits to Towneley Park during April 2019 to see a young Ginkgo tree. When I was in Chengdu, South West China (on various visits between 2006 - 2012) I loved to see the beautiful Ginkgo trees in the city parks and temples etc. Through the Chinese Spring, Summer and Autumn seasons this tree looks spectacular. Young Chinese couples getting married often have their wedding photos taken under the Ginkgo tree. The tree of romance! It's really great to have one in the local park, here in the UK."

More info about Ginkgo trees in Chengdu: here and here and on my blog.

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April 27, 2019

Updates of my website The Ginkgo Pages

* Updated contents of my blog.
* New photo on Photospecial page: Ginkgo pollen on male tree in spring.

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April 07, 2019

Ginkgo brooch by Feng Ji

Feng Ji is the young leading high jewelry designer in China and established her Haute Joaillerie brand in Paris and Shanghai.  
She also sells her jewels through for instance Instagram.

"Ms. Feng said her Ginkgo brooches remind her of the Ginkgo leaves falling from the trees in her Hangzhou hometown and are made with natural yellow sapphires and other gemstones."

Photo + more info read article: New York Times March 22, 2019.

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