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Ginkgo biloba

Fossil Tree, Ginko Nut, Icho, Common Ginkgo, Ginkgo

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Ginkgo biloba is a lovely shade tree, the only living species in the division Ginkgophyta, all others being extinct. This plant is termed dioecious and thus produces male or female unisexual flowers, containing either male or female reproductive organs. These gendered flowers are produced on individual trees. Male trees produce pollen cones while females produce two ovules that develop into the seeds. Male Ginkgos are more sought after for cultivation as the ripening fruit of female specimens emits an unpleasant scent similar to vomit.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Fruiting time

Spring

Harvesting

Seed can be harvested and planted once fully matured and ripe.

Propagation

Cuttings

Take semi-hardwood cuttings in summer

Seed

Sow seed in containers as soon as ripe.

Special features

Autumn colour

Leaves turn golden yellow in autumn.

Attractive leaves

Special features

Origin

Asia, China

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Medicinal

Traditional medicine in the East

Edible

Ginko nuts (seeds) are eaten in Asia.

Personality

Family

Ginkgoaceae

Scent

None

Problems

Generally problem free
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