Who isn’t fond of observing the leaves from the trees and plants changing into vibrantly colored works of art before finally falling away? This 1,400-year-old ginkgo tree is one such tree that exhibits an exceptional autumnal transition.
Before this tree’s bare and vulnerable branches are revealed, it permutes its green-colored leaves into a radiant shade of gold, creating a golden carpet beneath. The ocean of gold created by the majestic descend of leaves is a perfect opportunity to capture nature in its glorious form. It is no wonder that thousands of tourists visit the Gu Guanyin Buddhist Temple in the Zhongnan Mountains in China to witness this mesmerizing display.
The ginkgo tree located between the walls of this temple is thought to be planted for Emperor Li Shimin, the founding father of the Tang Dynasty (618-907). It is a time-honored species native to China. The ginkgo tree, also known as a maidenhair tree, provides more spectacular benefits than just creating a golden carpet every year. For years, this species of tree has been a source of food endowing a variety of medical benefits.
According to the official website of Kew Gardens in southwest London, “Ginkgo fossils are common in the rocks of the Jurassic and Cretaceous, but today Ginkgo biloba is the only member of its genus, which is the only genus in its family, which is the only family in its order, which is the only order in its subclass.”
Ginkgo trees first grew in gardens of Eastern temples. It was in the 1700s that the first seeds of their kind were brought to Europe. Deforestation has caused a decline of Ginkgo biloba in the wild making the tree in Guanyin Buddhist Temple one of the very few that are left of its kind.
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