Oldest broad leafed tree on earth, identical with fossils 150 million years old. Fan shaped leaves, brilliant yellow in fall. When cross pollinated, they produce 1" long edible nuts. Nuts and leaves are prized both as a food and for medicinal properties. Hardy to Zone 3-9.
Plant two or more for nuts. When females are pollinated by a male ginkgo, they produce almond sized orange nuts in a thin shell. Nuts are stir fried, or roasted, primarily in Chinese, Korean & Japanese dishes. Nuts come in a fruit like inedible husk that has a pungent odor if allowed to rot. However, if nuts are husked before the husk rots, then the bad smell isn't present.