808: Hisashiburi

I was listening to a fascinating 99% Invisible podcast episode about city plants the other day. What amazed me the most was that the Gingko tree almost went extinct, presumably because whatever prehistoric critter ate and spread its seeds had died out, but that it's ability to withstand pollution, grow slowly and even tolerate being backed into by the occasional truck made it just perfect for urban landscapes. Plus it's leaves are so distinct and pretty. The whole carbon footprint talk gets exhausting after a while, it's nice to know there's one plant that we're doing right by!