Maidenhair tree

Ginkgo biloba

Maidenhair tree - Ginkgo biloba

Common Name: Maidenhair tree
Genus: Ginkgo
Species: biloba

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Slow growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 15.00 m (1500 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 5.00 m (500 cm)

Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Colour: Gold, Green, YellowFlowering Period: April & May

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

This wonderful ancient tree from China dates back at least 200 million years. Its distinctive fan-shaped bright green leaves turn bright gold when a warm autumn follows a warm summer. Mature male trees have thick yellow catkins in late spring. This tree usually starts life shaped like a flagpole but gradually becomes wide spreading. It can cope with many city conditions including pollution and makes an elegant tree for a larger garden. Maidenhair trees were introduced to Japan about 1000 years ago and often grown near temples - one reason why they are a common feature in Japanese-style gardens. The first maidenhair tree was brought to Britain and planted in Kew Gardens in 1760. It still stands today.

  • Garden care: Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in late autumn or winter. When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly.