Maidenhair tree, gingko
In the wild it only grows in several mountain dales in one Chinese province. It is, however, frequently planted near Buddhist monasteries (as one of the 5 holy trees of that religion). It can live up to a few thousand years.
Its fan-shaped leaves with a characteristic notch in the middle cannot be mistaken for the leaves of any other plant, and they turn splendidly yellow in the autumn.
Gingko seeds are considered as a delicacy in Asia. Apart from the more than 30-year-old specimen by the drive, Penderecki also planted two others of the ragged-leaved variety at the back of the manor.