|A close up of the leaves of Ginkgo biloba.|
|Fossil Ginkgo leaf from the Eocene|
|A ginkgo in autumn|
The closest living relatives of the ginkgo are the conifers and as such the ginkgo is classified as a gymnosperm (or non-flowering plant). This species is unusual among the gymnosperms due to the fact that it is dioecious (i.e. have separate sexes), with the male and female cones on separate plants. Seeds resemble cherries when fully mature. Though some would say the ginkgo has fruit, the fleshy outer coating that is seen is actually the seed coat.
Ginkgo seeds are actually eaten in parts of Asia, being sold with the odoriferous outer flesh removed.
Source is Bellevue College. Images are from Wikimedia Commons under creative commons licenses: one, two, three.