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Ginkgo biloba (Maidenhair tree)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
15m
Max height
8m
Max spread
20-50 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Ginkgo biloba

Other names

Maidenhair tree, Icho, Ginko nut, Fossil Tree, Ginko biloba

Genus

Ginkgo 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

Fragrance

The seeds have an unpleasant smell.

Tree shape

Conical, Irregular

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Green, Insignificant or absent in Spring

Foliage

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

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

General care

Pruning

No pruning required.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

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)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Ginkgo biloba

Other names

Maidenhair tree, Icho, Ginko nut, Fossil Tree, Ginko biloba

Genus

Ginkgo 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.

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

The seeds have an unpleasant smell.

Tree shape

Conical, Irregular

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Green, Insignificant or absent in Spring

Foliage

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


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

General care

Pruning

No pruning required.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

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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