Ginkgo biloba - exotic
The ginkgo has been recorded in fossil records and is the sole survivor of a primitive family of plants. The tree originates from remote areas in China where it has become sacred.
This species is easily identified by the fan-like foliage similar to that of the maidenhair fern. The bark is usually corky in texture with deep ridges when mature. The fruits hang on long stalks from the underside of the branches, turn from green to orange and have a putrid smell when crushed.
The group of ginkgo in the park were planted in the late 1960s when part of the old hospital building was removed. They are well worth visiting during the autumn months when they put on a stunning display of golden colour.