Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) or Maidenhair Tree
Ginkgo is a unique species of tree with no close living relatives and is one of the best-known examples of a living fossil dating back 270 million years.
A deciduous Tree growing to 30 m (98ft) by 9 m (29ft) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone 4. It is in flower from April to May, and the seeds ripen from Oct to November. Each tree is male or female, so both must be grown if seed is required. They are pollinated by Wind. The plant is not self-fertile.
The seed can be eaten raw (in small quantities), or cooked. A soft and oily texture, the seed has a sweet flavour and tastes somewhat like a large pine nut. The baked seed makes very pleasant eating, it has a taste rather like a cross between potatoes and sweet chestnuts.