Beneath the Bilobas

One of the parks where we walk Finn has a row of Ginkgo Biloba trees. The soft fruit-like seeds that fall on the ground are very smelly, but the fan-shaped leaves, which turn bright yellow in autumn, are quite beautiful.

Finn

 

 

Ginkgo Biloba leaves

Ginkgo is one of the longest-living tree species in the world and can live for more than a thousand years. Ginkgo extract, usually made from the leaves, has long been used to improve memory and cognition. In recent years there have been several studies carried out on its effectiveness in treating dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, with conflicting results.

Ginkgo Biloba trees

On a cold winter’s day, it is cheering to see the lovely golden carpet of leaves on the ground.

 

3 thoughts on “Beneath the Bilobas

  1. Beautiful photos and a wonderful bit of accompanying words! I’ve heard a lot about ginko trees but never seen one out in nature. Perhaps one day, our family will be able to do that!

    • Thank you! Nick took the lovely photos when we were out walking. He is so much better at taking photos than I am!
      I am surprised at how many ginkgo trees I have seen around since I have started looking for them. I had never really noticed them before, although I was aware of their health benefits, and there was one outside the building where I used to work. They are so beautiful in the autumn and early winter.

      • That’s really cool! It is interesting what you can find around you when you take little time and look around. :)

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