Maidenhair Tree are a unique species of seed bearing tree with no close plant family relatives and form a link between conifers and the more primitive ferns. Maidenhair Trees resistance to disease and adverse conditions is legendary. Some Ginkgo trees are said to be over 1000 years old and a few Ginkgos even survived the atomic blast at Hiroshima! You can distinguish a Ginkgo from other gymnosperms by its fan shaped and bilobed leaves. Ginkgo trees are bright green in the summer but their leaves turn a magnificent golden yellow in the autumn months. Gingko trees can be male or female but you cannot tell the sex until they flower. Male gingko trees produce yellow catkins bearing wind-distributed pollen. Female flowers are inconspicuous and develop seeds that are plump and round and generally a pale yellow. Ginkgo leaves and seeds are highly prized in Chinese medicine for their healing properties. They are also used as health supplements in the western world. The plant is very hardy at H6 making it perfect for the UK climate. Plenty of natural sunlight is required for it to grow. It requires no pruning and is generally free of pests and diseases. Maximum height is between 1.8 m – 2 m (5.9 ft – 6.6 ft) and maximum width is between 60 cm – 1.5 m (2.0 ft – 4.9 ft)
Latin Name: Ginkgo Biloba
English Name: Maidenhair Tree
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Flowering Period: Spring
Suggested Location: Outdoor.
Suggested Soil Type: Well-drained. Loam, Sand, Clay, Chalk
Suggested Exposure to Sunlight: Full Sunlight or Partial Shade
Suggested Exposure to Weather: Sheltered or Exposed
Hardiness Rating: High (H6)
Lowest Temperature Tolerance: -25°C to -15 °C (-13 °F to 5 °F)
Growth Habit: Columnar/Upright
Cultivation: Grow in moderately fertile deep soil in full sun
Propagation: Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer or hardwood cuttings in winter
Suggested planting locations and garden types: Low Maintenance Architectural
Pruning: No pruning required
Pests: Generally pest free
Diseases: Generally disease free
Final Height: 15 m – 20 m (49.2 ft – 65.6 ft)
Final Spread: 8 m – 10 m (26.2 ft – 32.8 ft)
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