Maidenhair tree

Gingko biloba (maidenhair tree)

Gingko biloba, native to China, is one of the most beautiful trees in Roosevelt Park. In fall, the fan-shaped leaves turn a spectacular yellow color.

Ancient trees

Maidenhair trees have been called a “living fossil.” They are the sole survivor of a group of trees dating back more than 200 million years.  Maidenhair trees can live to extreme old age; the oldest recorded tree is 3,500 years old.

Medical Uses of Gingko biloba

Chinese medicine has used the leaves of the maidenhair tree for a variety of disorders. Flavonoids and terpenoids in the plant are believed to be the cause of medical effects.

Scientists have recently conducted studies using standardized extracts from dried Gingko biloba leaves to evaluate whether it is effective for treating conditions that include dementia, macular degeneration, glaucoma and PMS. The seeds of the tree can sometimes be toxic.

Roses blooming in November!

Theodore Roosevelt Park welcomes the Knock Out® Rose to our new corner garden at 77th St. and Central Park West.


Rose breeder Bill Radler created the Knock-Out® rose in 2000.  Blooming every five to six weeks from spring to frost, this beautiful, fragrant rose comes in colors of red, yellow and pink. It is cold-hardy, disease-resistant and grows to a height of three to four feet.  Grown under full sun to light shade, in fertile, well-drained soil, it is drought tolerant once established.