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Temporal range: Jurassic - Pliocene[1]
Ginkgo leaves
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Ginkgophyta
Class: Ginkgoopsida
Order: Ginkgoales
Family: Ginkgoaceae
Genus: Ginkgo
Ginkgo biloba

The ginkgo is a plant. It is a tree. The tree is special in that there are no other trees that look like it. Some people say it is a living fossil. It is grown mainly in China, but also lives there in the wild. It is the National tree of China.


  1. Zhiyan Zhou and Shaolin Zheng (2003-06-19). "Palaeobiology: The missing link in Ginkgo evolution". Nature 423(423): 82
  2. Sun (1998). Ginkgo biloba. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Listed as Endangered (EN B1+2c v2.3)