Ginkgo or Maidenhair tree

OTHER COMMON NAMES Árbol de los cuarenta escudos, cabello de Venus.
FAMILY Ginkgoaceae
ORDER Ginkgoales
CLASS Ginkgoopsida
DIVISION Ginkgophyta

It is native to certain provinces of China. It is unique in the world and with no living relatives. It is clasified in its own division and is the best known example of a living fossil.
It is a deciduoud tree, medium size and can reach a height of 35 m. It has a narrow top, pyramidal (more or less) and is made of one or several trunks, which are part of another sprout. Generally, its branches are high and erected, hard and thick, even in young trees.
It has a greyish-brown or dark brown bark, which is notoriously marked and cracked.
The Ginkgo has flat, fan-shaped leaves of 5-15 cm. They are green-grey in summer and change from yellow to a beautiful golden yellow during autumn.
Its fruit is a sort of soft drupe, which appears brown-yellow and gets green-grey when ripe. It is rounded or ellipsoid of 2-3 cm. (diameter)
It is on the danger list of plants, which are in risk of extinction. When stems are planted just male ones achieve growing. They cannot live without man intervention.