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October 30, 2014

Ginkgo trees and Henry Clay in Kentucky

After the Ginkgo was brought to North America about two hundred years ago, Henry Clay is believed to be the first to re-introduce the species to central Kentucky.
More about this event in "The Ginkgo in America" by Peter del Tredici, Arnoldia, Harvard University
Photo: The largest Ginkgo tree in Ashland was planted after Henry Clay’s lifetime,  around the Civil War.  It has taken nearly 150 years for it to reach its current size.

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