Native to China, the ginkgo tree is beautiful and unique, both aesthetically and biologically. Having lived for over 225 million years, the ginkgo is one of the oldest known species on the planet. Wild populations of ginkgo are rare, existing only in two known regions of the Zhejiang province in China. Nevertheless, ginkgoes are heavily cultivated across China and in some parts of the United States, with naturalized populations located in parts of Asia. After the bombing at Hiroshima at the conclusion of World War 2, surveyors examined the effect of the blast on local plant populations. Throughout the devastation, six ginkgo trees survived the bombing, the closest of which still lives less than 1200 meters from the epicenter. This tree stands as an international symbol of resilience and the ginkgo itself is regarded as a "bearer of hope." Remarkably hardy, ginkgo trees are slow to grow and can live over 1000 years. The female trees produce small globular fruits with a distinctive unpleasant odor. As such, many cultivators distribute only the male trees which do not produce the fruit.
Gibberellin, cytokinin-like substances, ginkgolic acid, bilobol, ginnol, aspartine, calcium.
Leaves. Leaves are considered "sweet" and have a gentle effect.
Teas, capsules, and extracts.
Our Fall Gold Ginkgo has the exciting distinction of being grown and harvested in the United States. In contrast to our regular ginkgo leaf, Fall Gold Ginkgo is harvested during the peak of the autumn season, after the leaves have achieved their delightful golden color. Some herbal traditions recommend the use of leaves that are harvested at this later point in the season, when the medicinal properties of the plant are believed to be at their strongest.