The ginkgo tree (L. ginkgo biloba) can reach heights upwards of 150 feet. The leaves are well known among the earth's seed plants because of their distinctive fan shape. Ginkgos have both culinary and medicinal applications (especially as relates to memory loss) in the Chinese and Japanese historical tradition. The ginkgo has a central place in Buddhist and Confucian iconography. Today, it grows throughout the world not only because of the appreciation for its beauty but in large part due to its tenancious reputation.