Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
Tree near sidewalk, Dunn Hall side of north entrance to Dunn-Corbett Courtyard
- Also known as maidenhair tree because its distinctive leaf formation resembles some species of maidenhair fern.
- Native to China, brought to North America in late 1700s, ornamental in Maine.
- Only surviving member of a group of ancient plants thought to be in existence up to 150 million years ago, with oldest individual tree about 3,500 years old.
- Ginkgo leaf fossils dating from tens of millions of years ago have been found in a number of places including Almont, North Dakota.