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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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6 years ago

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

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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KarinMorris
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6 years ago

So beautiful

John Barrow
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2 years ago

love gingko, but 200 million years hahahaaaaa nope

Iron Ash
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2 years ago

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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Baked_Potato
Community Member
6 years ago

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

AndreaG
Community Member
6 years ago

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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KarinMorris
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6 years ago

So beautiful

John Barrow
Community Member
2 years ago

love gingko, but 200 million years hahahaaaaa nope

Iron Ash
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2 years ago

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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