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Sunday, December 05, 2010

Hamer Forest Arboretum, Olinda

These pix were taken on Saturday afternoon December 5, 2010, in the Hamer Forest Arboretum, Olinda.

My 3 km hike started at the Valley Picnic Ground, then along Yallambee Way and the Gingko Track.

Summer wildflowers were in full bloom!

This section of the large Arboretum is devoted to plantings made in the mid-1970s of trees indigenous to China.

The tracks are named after the tree species through which they pass.

Native to China, the gingko tree (Gingko biloba species) has lived on earth for approximately 270 million years.

Also known as the fossil tree, the gingko species has no existing relatives and is essentially the only tree left of its kind. A dioecious tree, the gingko species has both male and female trees. Only the female gingko produces fruit. However, the leaves of both trees contain medicinal properties that help treat memory loss.

Gingko trees complement a back yard, with their 65-foot trunks and 20-foot spread. The gingko will also light up the landscape with its brilliant gold leaves that develop in the fall.

Gingko can have a long life span, 1,000 years or older. In China the oldest Gingko is about 3,500 years old!

The majority of Gingkos live as a hardy ornamental tree and, being nearly cosmopolitan, specimens are planted around the globe in almost any temperate and subtropical areas. The tree is farmed extensively (esp. for its medicinal use as a herb) in Europe, Japan, Korea and the USA.

In China Gingko trees of more than 100 years old are listed as second class protected plants of the state. Roads and buildings should give way in order to protect them well.

Some people think there's a good opportunity to plant a Gingko tree on special occasions like the death of a beloved one, the birth of a child, an anniversary, moving house etc.

See all of the Photos of my trip!

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