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1,400-Year-Old Chinese Ginkgo Tree Drops Leaves That Drown Buddhist Temple In A Yellow Ocean
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1,400-Year-Old Chinese Ginkgo Tree Drops Leaves That Drown Buddhist Temple In A Yellow Ocean

A 1,400-year-old ginkgo tree in China has recently drawn thousands of people from all over the country. Golden leaves have been falling on the ground since mid-November, turning the temple’s ground into a yellow ocean. The ancient tree grows next to the Gu Guanyin Buddhist Temple in the Zhongnan Mountains and is a perfect celebration of autumn.

The ginkgo tree, also known as the maidenhair, is sometimes referred to as a “living fossil” because, despite all the drastic climate changes, it has remained unchanged for more than 200 million years. It is a living link to the times when the dinosaurs ruled the earth.

 More info: yicai (h/t: thisiscolossal)

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Baked_Potato
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Imagine having to rake *that* up! Just kidding, I think it would actually be fun, they probably work together:)

AndreaG
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ever had to rake ginkgo leaves? They're heavy and tough and a pain in the butt. Ginkgos drop their leaves all at once (over 1 or 2 days), which doesn't help. My parents have one in their front yard, and the fallen leaves, if left too long, kill the grass underneath it.

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John Barrow
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

love gingko, but 200 million years hahahaaaaa nope

Iron Ash
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The species really is that old though? There are fossils of gingko trees that are around 270 million years old. They are like the tree equivalent of crocodiles largely unchanged for millions of years do to just how good they are at surviving.

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get in
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'd like to know who keeps track of how old that tree is LOL. There is a huge, very old Ginkgo at the Minnesota Arboretum that is about as beautiful. Right here in our back yard.

Bobby
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have these trees in my yard in KY and all the leaves fall pretty much in one day.

BarbaraSparks
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I planted a gingko tree from a two inch seedling i found in the grass on a school campus (under a full grown gingko tree). No idea it had such an ancient history. It survived the "transplant" and grew into a fine tree.

It'sAshlyna
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So beautiful, this is why j want to travel. To see the most beautiful thing you could imagine. That's the most beautiful tree I have ever.

DebMartinKnaff
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I imagine sitting under that great beauty quietly, reverently, taking in such a sea of yellow and thinking despite all the ills of the world, the massacre in Paris, starvation today on Thanksgiving, despite it all, there is beauty all around us if we just open our eyes, our minds, and our hearts.

GlynisLailann
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There is an avenue in Tokyo lined with these trees called Meiji Jingu Gaien. It is one of the most beautiful avenues I have had the pleasure of walking in.

TraceyMartens
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wonder what a single, flat leaf would look like.

VickyWei
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hhh I really want to show u that pic but I don't know how

RizDanka
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Your pics are gorgeous! Would you mind if I used them with credits to you?

RizDanka
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Your pics are absolutely gorgeous! Would you mind if I used them with credits to you?

VickyWei
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7 years ago

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Yea,and someone said it looked like an explosive septic tank....kinda disgusting hhhhhhh

tammystt
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wonder if that person meant it SMELLS like an explosive septic tank. Ginko seeds have a very bad odor.

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Baked_Potato
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Imagine having to rake *that* up! Just kidding, I think it would actually be fun, they probably work together:)

AndreaG
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ever had to rake ginkgo leaves? They're heavy and tough and a pain in the butt. Ginkgos drop their leaves all at once (over 1 or 2 days), which doesn't help. My parents have one in their front yard, and the fallen leaves, if left too long, kill the grass underneath it.

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John Barrow
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

love gingko, but 200 million years hahahaaaaa nope

Iron Ash
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The species really is that old though? There are fossils of gingko trees that are around 270 million years old. They are like the tree equivalent of crocodiles largely unchanged for millions of years do to just how good they are at surviving.

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get in
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'd like to know who keeps track of how old that tree is LOL. There is a huge, very old Ginkgo at the Minnesota Arboretum that is about as beautiful. Right here in our back yard.

Bobby
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have these trees in my yard in KY and all the leaves fall pretty much in one day.

BarbaraSparks
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I planted a gingko tree from a two inch seedling i found in the grass on a school campus (under a full grown gingko tree). No idea it had such an ancient history. It survived the "transplant" and grew into a fine tree.

It'sAshlyna
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So beautiful, this is why j want to travel. To see the most beautiful thing you could imagine. That's the most beautiful tree I have ever.

DebMartinKnaff
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I imagine sitting under that great beauty quietly, reverently, taking in such a sea of yellow and thinking despite all the ills of the world, the massacre in Paris, starvation today on Thanksgiving, despite it all, there is beauty all around us if we just open our eyes, our minds, and our hearts.

GlynisLailann
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There is an avenue in Tokyo lined with these trees called Meiji Jingu Gaien. It is one of the most beautiful avenues I have had the pleasure of walking in.

TraceyMartens
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wonder what a single, flat leaf would look like.

VickyWei
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hhh I really want to show u that pic but I don't know how

RizDanka
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Your pics are gorgeous! Would you mind if I used them with credits to you?

RizDanka
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Your pics are absolutely gorgeous! Would you mind if I used them with credits to you?

VickyWei
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7 years ago

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Yea,and someone said it looked like an explosive septic tank....kinda disgusting hhhhhhh

tammystt
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wonder if that person meant it SMELLS like an explosive septic tank. Ginko seeds have a very bad odor.

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