Leaves are sprouting on a small ginkgo tree in a pot on my balcony. It is a fascinating plant, sometimes considered a living fossil, as it is the only surviving plant of the Gingkoales plant order. It is very hardy, and is getting increasing popularity as a city tree. Maybe one day, they will get tired of humans and uproot and walk away. Who knows?
In Sweden they used to be rare. I had only heard of gingko biloba as a “nature medicine” and I was not aware it is a unique type of tree. The first time I saw a ginkgo was in Japan in the mid-90s. E.g. in Osaka, were they line the Midosuji Boulevard/Avenue.
When I had a house, the tree rested in the basement during winter. It was a bit cold around there for it to survive outdoors. These days it lives in an insulated pot, and for winter I wrap the pot up in a thick layer of newspaper to give it extra protection, and put it in a corner. The past few winters have not be very cold, so my ginkgo + my balcony is a bit of untested territory.
Having a living fossil makes me feel young.