Ginkgo  biloba  L. Maidenhair tree ; ginkgo  - Ginkgoaceae

Cultivated as a sacred tree by Buddhists in China for over a thousand years, the maidenhair tree, Ginkgo biloba, is the only surviving member of a tree family that was common in the Northern Hemisphere 125 million years ago.  The trees that line our streets today are descendants of these Chinese trees.