ETYM Chin., silver fruit.
Deciduous dioecious Chinese tree having fan-shaped leaves and fleshy yellow seeds; exists almost exclusively in cultivation especially as an ornamental street tree; SYN. gingko, maidenhair tree, Ginkgo biloba.
Rare Chinese temple tree; maidenhair tree.
Or maidenhair tree; Tree Ginkgo biloba of the gymnosperm (or naked-seed-bearing) division of plants. It may reach a height of 30 m/100 ft by the time it is 200 years old.
The only living member of its group (Ginkgophyta), widespread in Mesozoic times, it has been cultivated in China and Japan since ancient times, and is planted in many parts of the world. Its leaves are fan-shaped, and it bears fleshy, yellow, foul-smelling fruit enclosing edible kernels.