Corey Mwamba


3rd May 2012, 4:04am

I own a ginkgo biloba. Its leaves are coming out again, almost right on schedule.

Ginkgos are wondrous things. Did you know that they're dioecious? Or that they can survive nuclear attack? You normally see them as street trees in city centres as they are easy to care for.

The sad thing is as the rotting fruit create a smell, the trees we tend to see in the U.K. are almost exclusively male cultivars—we are selectively breed so that female trees don't occur; so a species that has survived for about 270 million years is actually endangered purely by human activity.