Maidenhair Tree (Ginkgo biloba)
- Extinct in the wild, the Ginkgo tree is native to China where it was discovered growing in temple gardens. This tree is practically pest-free, resistant to storm damage, and casts light to moderate shade. Young trees are often very open but they fill in to form a denser canopy, growing slowly to 75 feet or more.
- The tree has delicate fan-shaped leaves which turn a vivid yellow in fall. The fall color is second to none in brillliance, even in the south, although short lived.
- Ginkgos tolerate many different soil types, including well drained to occasionally wet areas. Their light requirement also ranges from full sun to partial sun/shade.
- Ginkgo may grow extremely slow for several years after planting, but will then pick up and grow at a moderate rate, particularly if it receives an adequate supply of water and some fertilizer.
- Female plants are wider-spreading than the males, but only male plants should be used since female plants produce foul smelling fruit in late autumn. (Some say the fruit smells like rotting flesh!) The only way to select a male plant is to purchase a named cultivar including `Autumn Gold', ` Fastigiata', `Princeton Sentry', and `Lakeview' because there is no reliable way to select a male plant from a seedling until it fruits. It could take as long as 20 years or more for Ginkgo to fruit.
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