Ginkgo biloba ‘Autumn Gold’ Ginkgo

Ginkgo

Description: An American selection with a uniform manner of growth, initially narrow, later broad. The main trunk grows straight and branches grow in an open pattern. The leathery fan shaped leaves are green in spring and summer; and it twists and curls to give the tree a unique silhouette when in leaf. Leaves turn a uniform golden yellow in autumn and persist for several weeks. When the leaves do drop, they drop rapidly, forming a golden carpet around the tree. Suited to any sized garden as it is slow growing and as and when it gets too big it responds well to crown reduction pruning in winter.

History: According to ancient Chinese texts, the original home of the Ginkgo lay in what are now the provinces of Anhwei and Kiangsu, and still apparently occurs in the wild. Maidenhair trees were then introduced to Japan about 1,000 years ago and often grown near temples. The first maidenhair tree was brought to Britain and planted in Kew Gardens in 1760. It still stands today.

Ginkgo Growing Tips: Grow in well-drained soil with a full sun position.

Height and Spread (after 50 years): 10m x 4m

Attributes

  • Do not prune
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • M Size: Medium
  • Needs well-draining site
  • Autumn colour
  • Open space planting

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