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July 29, 2011

Giant Ginkgo Zenpuku Temple, Tokyo

This old Ginkgo tree has a girth of c. 9 m. Temple legend has it that Shinran, the apostle of Pure Land Buddhism, visited Zenpuku-ji in c. 1250. He planted his walking stick in the courtyard and a wonder happened, for it grew into a large Ginkgo tree.
These photos and more info on JAPANTWO Blog.

This tree has many chichi. More info on my website.
A cutting of this tree grows in Hiroshima at Anraku-ju Temple. It survived the atom bomb on Hiroshima in World War II. Read more on my website.

Photo by Igor.

July 27, 2011

Updates of my website The Ginkgo Pages

* Added new video on my YouTube channel of an old Ginkgo biloba in Ravenna, Italy.
* Added photos of Ginkgo trees in Kaliningrad (Koenigsberg) in the Russian Federation and Austin, Texas, USA.

My website The Ginkgo Pages. My videos on YouTube.

July 24, 2011

Ginkgo bonsai, Kengai style

Ginkgo bonsai, Kengai style, 19 years old.
This photo was sent to me by Roger Amade, thanks! More of his bonsais here.

July 18, 2011

3D video Ginkgo tree in South Korea

3D video of a Ginkgo tree in South Korea.
Video by mrlee9910 on YouTube.
To watch you will need 3D glasses:

July 15, 2011

Ginkgo trees in California

In Los Angeles County arboretum, Arcadia, California are several Ginkgo trees.
Photo blog by Veth Javier. On her blog you can see more Ginkgo trees in this arboretum.

July 10, 2011

Video: Child meets Ginkgo

The Ginkgo, Mary Lou, and Kathryn from Phinehas Hodges on Vimeo.

July 04, 2011

Ginkgo fever in Chongqing, China

Ginkgo, camphorwood and osmanthus trees thickly line the streets and malls in Chongqing in China as part of a campaign to turn a 'hotpot' spot into a clean, healthy garden city. This new ecology-friendly approach can be credited to one man - Bo Xilai, the party secretary:
"We have been determined in our tree planting. Last year alone, we invested more than 10 billion yuan, a sum equivalent to what Chongqing had spent in the last 10 years. We will continue at this rate for the next 10 years, until we have succeeded in "planting a century of trees in a decade".
"You can never make a mistake in planting trees. When you improve the environment, people breathe in more oxygen, and they think better, and they'll be able to calculate and plan for future development better. It is a benign cycle that is very beneficial."

The greening of Chongqing is costly, and it has drawn criticism. Both Ginkgo and camphor needed to be brought in from neighboring Yunnan and even as far away as Shandong.

Cited from article in China Daily: read more here.
Another article about Ginkgo trees in Chongqing can be read in The Atlantic.

More info about Ginkgo trees at Jinfu mountain area near Chongqing on the
History-page on my website.
Although never officially upgraded to the national symbol, the Ginkgo tree is widely believed to be the national tree of China. In a national poll held in 2005, the Ginkgo won more than 1.7 million of the total 1.8 million votes.

photo: China Daily


July 02, 2011

Updates of my website The Ginkgo Pages

* New photo photospecial page: Ginkgo leaves in Rome's Orto Botanico, Italy.

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