Autumn colors are beginning to blanket the United States in a glorious display of colors. Who can argue with an autumn full of foliage hunting in the Northeast? But an ancient ginkgo biloba tree tucked away in China blows all of those displays out of the water.
A 1,400-year-old tree sits in the middle of the city of Xi’an in central China. Legend has it that the tree was planted during the Tang Dynasty around the 7th century. It is believed that workers planted the tree for the Emperor Li Shimin, who founded the Tang Dynasty, which makes it a historical landmark.
This impressive legacy lives on through the tree, which sheds a golden layer of leaves so thick it almost looks like you can take a quick swim in them.
Images of the tree from above illustrate the giant mound of color that develops in the month of November.
Thousands of visitors gather around the ancient deciduous tree every year. Each fall season, the colder weather signals a new pool of gloriously yellow leaves. The tree sits inside of a temple, which gives the observation of this tree even deeper meaning.
Once the end of November hits, the tree remains leafless throughout winter. But in the spring, the female trees produce yellow fruits that are said to smell unpleasant. Still, these stunning fall colors might be worth this ancient tree’s strange fruit.