This 1,400-Year-Old Ginkgo Tree Creates An Ocean Of Yellow Leaves In The Fall That Is Completely Breathtaking

In the Zhongnan Mountains of China, there is an ancient, 1,400-year-old ginkgo tree that grows next to the Gu Guanyin Buddhist Temple. Every year in the fall, the massive tree’s leaves turn from green to a bright yellow. As they fall, they turn the temple’s grounds into a breathtaking ocean of gold. The spectacular tree draws in several thousand visitors each year.

Ginkgo Tree

Ginkgo Tree

Ginkgo Tree

Ginkgo Tree

Ginkgo Tree

The ginkgo tree (Ginkgo bilboa) is the last remaining species of a very old, extinct division of trees and has changed very little over 270 million. For this reason, it’s often known as a “living fossil,” since it dates back to a time when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth. It has been cultivated in China for thousands of years and holds special status in Buddhism and Confucianism. Ginkgo is a popular ingredient in many health supplements as it is thought to enhance cognitive function and focus, though these claims have not been entirely validated by the medical community.

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