Meet the Bloody Ploughman, the oldest tree in the world and a living fossil … Sunday 25th and Monday 26th May we are opening our little display of ornamental and fruit trees that are for sale at Alton Albany Farm. Please feel free to come and browse.
The Apple tree’ Bloody Ploughman’ is an old Scottish dessert variety introduced c1883 from the Carse of Gowrie. Dark, red shiny fruit with sweet, juicy pink stained flesh. Said to be named after a ploughman who was shot by the gamekeeper at Megginch Estate for stealing apples!
The Gingko biloba is a fascinating species of tree with no close living relatives, termed a living fossil and accepted to be the oldest tree in the world, having seen the dinosaurs come and go! Common throughout the world millions of years ago, its range shrank until it was restricted to a very small area of eastern China. It was introduced to the west in the 1700’s by the early oriental plant collectors. A very unusual and slow growing deciduous with beautiful fan-shaped deep green leaves turning a stunning bright golden yellow in autumn. Ginkgos are highly disease and pest resistant which has enabled the species to survive so long. Extremely tough, hardy and easy to grow in spite of its exotic appearance. A beautiful and interesting addition to any garden.