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Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot

Peter Crane, the Carl W. Knobloch Jr. Dean of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and professor of botany

(Yale University Press)

The ginkgo tree has remained unchanged for more than two hundred million years. Today ginkgo is prized for the elegance of its leaves, for its edible nuts, and for its longevity.

Inspired by the historic ginkgo that has thrived in London’s Kew Gardens since the 1760s, renowned botanist Peter Crane explores the history of the ginkgo from its mysterious origin through its proliferation, drastic decline, and ultimate resurgence. Crane also highlights the cultural and social significance of the ginkgo: its medicinal and nutritional uses; its power as a source of artistic and religious inspiration; and its importance as one of the world’s most popular street trees.