It’s raining in Shanghai. For days already. I love these balmy summer rains that make everything so nice and green, and take the foul stench of the city out of the air. This is a good time to plant my Ginkgo seeds, which I bought last year in Germany.
The Ginkgo tree (Ginkgo biloba) is not only a beautiful tree, with very characteristic leaves. It is also quite special. You could say it is a living fossil, because it remained practically unchanged for the last 270 million years.
The trees are very robust, and resistant to pollution. That’s why they are planted a lot in cities. And here in Shanghai are a few places where they grow. We also have them in our compound.
A remarkable fact is that after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, 6 Ginkgo trees close to the epicentre actually survived the blast, and are still alive today.
Here a few pictures of beautiful Ginkgo trees: