Habitat & Geography

Ginkgo biloba isn’t just known for its unique survival history, it’s also known for how it affects the environment. Many times, these trees are not planted for their beauty but for their ability to withstand almost any environment.

The Ginkgo tree can be found in big cities such as San Francisco, California and Buenos Aries, Argentina as well as small little towns like Hortonville, Wisconsin. The reason most cities plant this tree is because of its resistance to pollutants, fungicides, insects (along with most insecticides), disease, bacteria, droughts, and smog. Not only can it resist pollution, but because it goes through photosynthesis it can convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. This all-around amazing defense along with its photosynthetic abilities and its natural ability for providing shade is why the Ginkgo tree is the most widely planted tree in New York City, New York.

The habitat for the Ginkgo tree is usually a temperate climate, so it can be grown in most parts of the world. Ginkgo trees prefer sunlit places with moist soil. Also, the Ginkgo roots can grow to be pretty long, so they usually like it when the soil runs deep. The most popular places Ginkgo biloba can be found are in America, Asia, and Europe. The picture below illustrates the larger populations of Ginkgo biloba.

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With a tree this resistant to so many things, ancient Chinese people thought this hardy organism had to have some Medicinal Purposes, and they were right! Click HERE to find out just how many ways this extraordinary tree can help you!