Ginkgo biloba is an unusual conifer, and a very ancient plant (you almost grow your own dinosaur if you have one!). This is one of the species which survived the impact of the atomic bomb, dropped to Hiroshima in 1945 - specimens still standing in less than 2km from the epicenter. The fan-shaped leaves - composed of two lobes (biloba) forms a split in the middle of the leaf. The branching pattern (composed by long and very short branches) gives a very distinct look to the plant. The Maidenhair Tree can grow fairly large but it can be grown in a pot on the patio, or as a bonsai.