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Ginkgo

Ginkgo biloba

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Also known as

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

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H6

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

20m

Max

12m

5m

Min

7m

50 years to reach maturity

Flowering

This plant has no fragrance

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Ginkgo Biloba

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Ginkgo Biloba

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Ginkgo Overview

Ginkgo biloba is a lovely shade tree, the only living species in the division Ginkgophyta, all others being extinct. It may reach 25m in height, with young trees forming a cone-shape, this becomes irregular with age. Commonly known by the names Ginkgo, Ginkgo Tree, Common Ginkgo, Maidenhair Tree and Fossil Tree. It is deciduous and thus loses its foliage over the winter. The unique leaves are fan-shaped, coloured light green and developing bright golden yellow autumn colouration. Leaves measure up to 12cm across. 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. On female trees, the flowers lead onto unpleasantly scented, yellow fruits, in autumn. Male Ginkgos are more sought after for cultivation as the ripening fruit of female specimens emits an unpleasant scent similar to vomit. Male trees produce pollen cones while females produce two ovules that develop into the seeds. Cultivars for garden use have been developed from this species.

Common problems with Ginkgo

Generally problem free

    How to harvest Ginkgo

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

    How to propagate Ginkgo

    Cuttings

    Take semi-hardwood cuttings in summer

    Seed

    Sow seed in containers as soon as ripe.

    Special features of Ginkgo

    Autumn colour

    Leaves turn golden yellow in autumn.

    Attractive leaves

    Other uses of Ginkgo

    Shade, ornamental, foliage, medicinal, autumn interest.

    Medicinal

    Traditional medicine in the East

    Edible

    Ginko nuts (seeds) are eaten in Asia.

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