The gingko family dates from prehistoric times and still grows in the wild in China though it is cultivated throughout the world. It is considered a “living fossil”.
An extremely tenacious plant, six gingko trees growing between 1–2 km from the 1945 atom bomb explosion in Hiroshima were among the few living things in the area to survive the blast. Although almost all other plants (and animals) in the area were destroyed, the ginkgos, though charred, survived and were soon healthy again. The trees are alive to this day.
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