One of the oldest tree species on the planet, ginkgo grows only about a foot a year, reaching 50 to 80 feet. Female trees set fleshy fruit that smell unpleasant as they decay; they contain edible nuts.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsDistinctive fan-shaped foliage turns a brilliant clear yellow in fall. Color lasts until first freeze, defoliating almost overnight. Light brown or gray-brown furrowed bark becomes darker and more pronounced as it ages. Insignificant, catkin-like pendulous male flowers are borne in clusters in spring. 'Jade Butterflies' has a shrubby habit reaching only 10 feet tall and 5 feet wide.
CareThrives in moist, well-drained soil, but tolerates poor, compacted soil, as well as heat, drought, salt spray, and air pollution.
PropagationSemi-ripe cuttings in summer. Graft in winter.
ProblemsFungal leaf spots, mealybugs, lesion nematode, root rots
- Genus : Ginkgo
- Plant Width : 15 to 30 feet
- Plant Height : 30 feet or more
- Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
- Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
- Moisture : Dry to Medium
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Fall Interest
- Light : Full Sun
- Characteristics : Interesting Bark, Showy Fall Foliage, Showy Foliage
- Growth Rate : Slow
- Bloom Time : Spring
- Plant Type : Trees
- Flower Color : Yellow