Maidenhair Tree

Ginkgo biloba | Also known as: Ginko Nut, Fossil Tree | Rating: 2 votes | Print / Pdf

A good low maintenance tree, and looks like Rapunzel has set up home on top.

A large deciduous tree, Ginkgo biloba is an intriguing option for landscape gardens or parklands. Its leaves are a peculiar fan shape, often with its broad mid-green leaf sporting a deep cut in its top. When autumn comes, its foliage turns an amazing light golden yellow. Not one for an aromatic garden, the female of the species produces fruit that gives off a nauseous odour while ripening. Known as the Maidenhair Tree, it is ideal for the city parks because of its hardiness. It thrives in well-drained soils in full sun locations and requires no pruning, so is the ultimate low maintenance tree.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 30
Spread [m]
  • 8
Dominant flower colour
  • Green
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Yellow
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • grafting
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Columnar
  • Spreading
  • Upright
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-9
Heat zone
  • H9-3
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -1
Heat days
  • 7 - 150
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Trees
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Bonsai
  • Tough survivors
Garden type
  • Park
  • Cottage garden
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Architectural
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 30 years or longer
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