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Ginkgo biloba (Maidenhair tree)

Skill rating
Beginner
skill rating
Maintenance level
1 hour care
per year
Ultimate height
15m
Max height
Ultimate spread
8m
Max spread
Time to maturity
20-50 years
To maturity

Botanical name: Ginkgo biloba

Other names: Maidenhair tree, Icho, Ginko nut, Fossil Tree, Ginko biloba

Genus: Ginkgo

Species: G. biloba - G. biloba are large, deciduous trees with distinctive fan-shaped, soft, green leaves turning yellow in autumn. The bark is grey and the branches are open. The female tree bears a fruit with a bad odour as it matures.


Ginkgo biloba is: Deciduous

Flower: Insignificant or absent, Green in Spring

Foliage: Green, Bright-green in Spring; Bright-green in Summer; Yellow in Autumn

Fragrance: The seeds have an unpleasant smell.

Tree shape: Conical, Irregular

Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Watch out for

Pests: Generally pest-free

Diseases: Generally disease-free

General care

Pruning: No pruning required. . REGISTER to read more...

Propagation methods: Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings. REGISTER to read more...


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Ginkgo biloba (Maidenhair tree) will reach a height of 15m and a spread of 8m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses: Architectural, Low Maintenance, Foliage only

Cultivation: Plant in in well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerant of pollution and thus suitable for urban areas.

Soil type: Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage: Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Full Sun

Aspect: North, South, East, West

Exposure: Exposed, Sheltered

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)


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