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The Maidenhair tree, also commonly called Ginkgo, was introduced into Britain from China in 1749. The first was reputedly that in Kew Gardens, which is still thriving, but about the same time one was also introduced locally into what is now West Ham Park. This one, too, can still be seen.

This tree in the cemetery is tagged No. 2562. Until about 2022 the main stem divided some way up - typical of older trees - and this may just be seen in the photograph. However for some reason the smaller stem was cut off, detracting from the age of the tree, I feel.

Ginkgos don't hsve any very close relatives, and are a very ancient species.
City of London Cemetery, 2 November 2007
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