Common Name = Ginkgo or Maidenhair Tree
Scientific Name = Ginkgo biloba
Location = Nazarian Center southeast lawn
Height = 11 feet (3.3m)
Trunk Circumference = 7 inches (0.18m)



No tree has a more interesting history than the ginkgo tree. Often called a "living fossil," ginkgo-type leaves appear as fossils dated to 270 million years ago. Although native to China, the first Western plant explorer to see a ginkgo found it in Japan in 1691, where the trees had been cultivated for at least 500 years from Chinese seeds. There are living ginkgos in China today that are over 3,000 years old, but the most famous trees are the four living survivors of the 1945 Hiroshima atomic bombing. This campus ginkgo is a mere sapling, planted in 2001 as a single specimen tree on the lawn of the new John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts. A new beginning based on a long-standing tradition – how appropriate for one of the College’s recent new construction projects. This facility substantially enhances a widely recognized area of excellence at the College, providing new opportunity for RIC students in the performing arts to bring their greatest aspirations to fruition.


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