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4,000 Year-Old Ginkgo Tree Found in Guizhou, China

Epoch Times Staff Created: July 1, 2009 Last Updated: July 4, 2009
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Children from the local village in Changshun County play under a “living fossil”—an ancient Gingko tree. (Epoch Times archive)

Children from the local village in Changshun County play under a “living fossil”—an ancient Gingko tree. (Epoch Times archive)

On June 28, ancient Ginkgo biloba trees were discovered in Tiantan village of Changshun County, Guizhou Province. There were two “ancestor” Ginkgo trees which were tightly surrounded by numerous “grandchildren” trees that vary greatly in thickness and height.

The locals say that this “living fossil” is full of vitality in the summer and can produce over 4,000 pounds of seeds each year. Home for many species of birds, these trees are regarded as sacred by villagers. Villagers from near and far travel to the trees to make wishes, give worship, and pray for favorable weather conditions.

The ancient Ginkgo is 16.8 meters (55.1 feet) in circumference, requiring the arm spans of 13 adults to encircle it. It is 50 meters (164 feet) tall, and the crown of the tree covers half an acre. According to forestry experts, the tree is over 4,000 years old and is nicknamed “Chinese Ginkgo King.”

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