Ginkgo Biloba, the Maidenhair Tree

Ginkgo biloba, the Maidenhair Tree, is a member of the Ginkgoaceae family that’s currently looking amazing in the Hayrick Border in the Parks – especially in the morning sun. These are reasonably large deciduous trees, growing taller than 12 metres over time. They have fan-shaped two-lobed leaves which can be as much as 12cm across. Ginkgo is one of the oldest tree species, and its existence can be traced back over 250 million years. During the year its leaves are mid-green, turning a vivid yellow in the autumn. Female plants also produce seeds in the autumn, which have a very unpleasant odour – for this reason, they are much more rarely seen. Ginkgo is a hardy tree and generally does well in either exposed or sheltered locations, but it prefers full sun and soil should be well drained. It’s ideal as a specimen tree, or can be used to give height to a border– just remember it does get quite large! It rarely suffer from pests and diseases and don’t usually need any pruning – propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings.

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