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February 23, 2012

Biggest Ginkgo tree in the world

China: In Li Jiawan, Guizhou province, grows the Grand Ginkgo King, c. 100 km west of Guiyang. It is the biggest Ginkgo tree in the world in trunk diameter (Guinness Book of World Records 1998), 30 m, girth breast height 15.6 m, canopy c. 1,200 m2.
This male Ginkgo tree is c. 4,000-4,500 years old.

Read all about this tree and its legends in this interesting article:
Xiang, Z., Y. Xiang, B. Xiang and P. Del Tredici, P. 2009. The Li Jiawan grand Ginkgo king.
Arnoldia 66(3): 26-30. (pdf)
Photo: Peter del Tredici

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At 5/19/2015, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This tree is really 4,000+ years old? Amazing!


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