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At Eco Smart Shutters,

we think of the Ginkgo as our mascot. 

The leaf represents the closed shutter, which

seals the envelope of your home, reducing

energy consumption, while providing shelter

and protection. 


A seed planted today can bring joy to your family and friends-- even perfect strangers-- for hundreds of years to come.


I'm happy to provide each new customer with a Ginkgo seed.  All I ask is that you plant it with loved ones out of respect for the brief time you and your children will enjoy it.  You'll feel better with the knowledge that a small seed planted today yields a huge return on your investment for generations to come.  Our great, great, grandchildren and theirs may also come to know your tree. 

History


The Ginkgo Tree is revered as The World's Tree. It is recognized by botanists for its originality and has the distinction of being in a class by itself, with its own, individual species, genus, family and order  It just doesn't fit neatly into existing categories.  Unlike most trees, the Ginkgo is dioecious, meaning there are distinct male and female trees.  It takes 20 to 30 years for them to mature and be able to reproduce.


It's sometimes known also as the "Grandparent-Grandchild" tree, because from seed planting to reproduction, a child who planted a seed may have become a grandparent themselves. 


The global popularity in recent centuries has led this 300 million year old relic to symbolize and embody such cross-culturally respected traits such as: Friendship, Hope, Fertility, Longevity and Adaptability.  In China, it has been viewed as a medicinal plant for thousands of years, attributed with healing powers.  In modern-day America, we take Ginkgo supplements to enhance memory function.


The Ginkgo is viewed affectionately as being almost invincible and is used in harsh urban environments.  Miraculously, Ginkgos survived the dropping of the Atomic Bomb in Hiroshima, Japan and blossomed the following Spring!


Imported from Asia to Europe in the 1700s by Engelbert Kaempfer, the Far Eastern reverence quickly took hold among european botanists and arborists.  It was immortalized in a famous poem penned by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:

"Ginkgo Biloba."   Goethe's legendary question, inspired by the unique needle-in-leaf characteristic remains: 

"Is it a living being, that has split itself in two?" Or,

"Are they two who became one?"



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