While many of our trees were losing their leaves this fall, I received a picture from Hermitage historian Jim Sharp of a Gingko tree in full yellow glory at The Hermitage Home of Andrew Jackson.
He said it was the oldest tree on the plantation and had survived the 1998 tornado that took out so many beautiful trees.
I was curious to know whether Andrew Jackson himself had planted it, since Gingkos are native to China.
Tony Guzzi, VP, Preservation & Site Operations and Marsha Mullin VP, Museum Services & Chief Curator tell me that no one knows for sure if he planted it or not.
They estimate that it is 150-200 years old and it was seen in photos taken at The Hermitage during the 1890s when it already had a stout trunk. Gingko trees grow very slowly after 40 years of age.
Andrew Jackson died in 1845, so it was definitely there during his lifetime.
One good thing about the Gingko tree at The Hermitage is that it is male and does not produce the terrible odor that gingkos are known for.