About Abby S.

I am the Program Coordinator at the Wagner Free Institute of Science.

Living Fossil, the Ginko biloba

This Maidenhair Tree (Ginkgo biloba) is the oldest documented in America, located at Bartram’s Garden. This tree was given as a gift to the Bartrams from William Hamilton, a botanist and neighbor.  Hamilton built the Woodlands estate, like Bartram’s Garden, along the banks of the Schuylkill. Hamilton introduced the Ginkgo to North America in 1785 and had a male and a female on his property; the trees are no longer standing today.  (More on ginkgos, here: http://ginkgopages.blogspot.com/2013/07/wissinoming-park-ginkgo-philadelphia.html )

adapted from:
Historic American Landmarks Survey record by Joseph Elliott, 2002