Originally adapted to grow by streams and prefers well draining soil with medium water.
2 species grow in two northern Hemisphere.
Adapts well to urban environments because its low maintenance (water-wise) and can survive well in most soils.
Enjoys having lots of bright sunshine.
Origin, history, and uses:
Originated 290 million years ago. Known as a “living fossil tree.” Described as an “ecological paradox” because it survived really well despite being slow growing, producing large seeds, and reaching reproductive maturity late. Used in 15th century Chinese Folk medicine and now taken as a dietary supplement. No proven health benefits.
Blooming season is in April or May depending on how harsh the previous winter was.
Leaves turn yellow in the fall. This is also the season where fruits or cones will drop to the ground.
Leaves will fall and tree will be bear by early November, dependent on climate in previous seasons of course.