Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot

Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot

Perhaps the world’s most distinctive tree, ginkgo has remained stubbornly unchanged for more than two hundred million years. A living link to the age of dinosaurs, it survived the great ice ages as a relic in China, but it earned its reprieve when people first found it useful about a thousand years ago. Today ginkgo is beloved for the elegance of its leaves, prized for its...

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Title:Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot
Author:Peter Crane
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Edition Language:English

Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot Reviews

  • Gavin Dobson
    Peter Crane, Dean and Professor,School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University and formerly Director of The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, presents us with a beautifully-written book in homage to the ginkgo tree. Now adorning the streets of many cities and gardens around the world, g...
  • Jame Amoroso
    I read this aloud to my 10 year old and we were both fascinated by the story. The book provides a great overview of paleontology and other aspects of botany as viewed through a ginkgo lens....
  • Lorraine
    A tribute to Gingko biloba trees, but also trees and biology. Like my dinosaur book, this book takes a look at a larger picture of the world through the eyes of Gingko. PBL perspective.Bought the book after hearing Peter Crane give a lecture based on the book at Royal Botanical Gardens....
  • Belinda
    Excellent! If you want to know about the Ginkgo tree hen this is the book! It is both scholarly and accessible. You will learn the science, culture, history, and medicine of this tree and other ancient trees....
  • Michael Gross
    Ginkgo trees were spread around the world in temperate climate zones before, during and after the dinosaurs roamed the earth, but at the end of the last ice age, they almost became extinct, surviving only in a small part of Asia, and unable to move their habitat in line with shifting climate zones. ...
  • Claudia
    Distinctive leaves and the golden color come fall, the gingko tree has managed to survive at least two major extinction events in the 200 million years of it's existence. Ancient varieties have been found on nearly every continent. Living tree forests were restricted to a few small areas in China an...
  • Janet Gardner
    There were lots of interesting tidbits that kept me reading—well, okay, I did a fair amount of skimming—like the fact that ginkgo is the only tree whose leaf veining is fan-like and non-reticulated or what exactly makes the fruit of the tree stink so fiercely. (That would be butyric acid, ...
  • Susan
    I have always loved gingko trees. I planted a young male gingko in my front yard around 25 years ago, and have been amazed and intrigued by its beauty ever since. I thought surely I would enjoy a book about gingko trees but alas, this book turned out to be a somewhat tedious long winded ramble throu...

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