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February 28, 2006

Ancient Ginkgo in Beijing, China

The construction of Beijing’s Tanzhe Temple predates the construction of the city itself. So no one could deny that these trees at the temple have been witnesses to the changes in Beijing. The Emperor of Trees is, in fact, a 1,000-year-old ginkgo tree. It stands more than 30 meters high and its trunk requires seven people to join hands to surround it. It is said that whenever a new emperor succeeded to the throne, the tree put out a new trunk. In the course of time, the new trunks joined the main trunk. It was Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty who gave it the name the Diwang (Emperor) of Trees. It grew a new trunk during the reign of Emperor Xuantong, at the end of the Qing Dynasty, however, Xuantong had no successor for the reign of the Qing Dynasty.
More about ancient trees in Beijing here.

February 22, 2006

Updates of my homepage The Ginkgo Pages

New topic: Giorgio Armani and Ginkgo fashion design.

February 21, 2006

Photos of 120-years old Ginkgo

A series of photos of a 120-years old Ginkgo tree in fall, winter, fog.... by William Foard:
"It was a sunny day and the 120-year-old ginkgo in front of my house was in its prime so I decided to snap a few shots for posterity ...again.
None of the shots do the tree justice. It's like you are right under the tree when you are on the front porch, not like it is off to the side. It dwarfs the 3-story house (with 10-foot ceilings) as you will see in later shots."

February 19, 2006

Updates of my homepage The Ginkgo Pages

* New topic about Ginkgo and cancer.
* Added photo of bonsai in Kyoto Botanical garden, Japan.

February 16, 2006

Updates of my homepage The Ginkgo Pages

* Added to selections: Ginkgo biloba 'Hayanari' (female Ginkgo).

February 15, 2006

Ginkgo poem

A nice poem by Edward A. Dougherty published in 'Pilgrimage to a Ginkgo tree' with a Ginkgo leaf on its cover. Click on the cover image and you can read the poem. Here is the website.

February 11, 2006

Ginkgo bonsai in Hawaii

I am moving to Hawaii and want to take my ginkgo bonsai trees with me. How will they react to the tropical climate being a deciduous tree? Will they survive? Thanks for the help.
Topic sent by Kev.

February 10, 2006

Updates of my homepage The Ginkgo Pages

* New photo photospecial page: Ginkgo trees in Venice, Italy.

February 08, 2006

Ginkgo 'vase ' sculpture in China

Art of Horticulture of the department of Horticulture of Cornell University, Ithaca NY, shows on its website photos of a Ginkgo in a pot near the ancient Buddhist temples. It's made of grafted Ginkgo trees and shaped to look like a large vase. To see the photos click here.

February 03, 2006

Volvo Cars and Ginkgo

In 2006 Volvo Cars dealers in the Netherlands present a small Ginkgo biloba tree to every buyer of a new Volvo car. In their opinion a Volvo car is like a Ginkgo tree because the tree has a great resistance against diseases and symbolizes timelessness and strength. Read more here.