Ginkgo biloba

Maidenhair tree, Ginkgo

A picturesque tree with an ancient history.

Features: Yellow autumn colour. Distinctive fan-shaped foliage. Versatility.
Applications: Specimen tree in parks, lawns and gardens. Street and avenue tree tolerating soil compaction.
Description With ancestry reaching back some 200 million years, the Maidenhair is still a very relevant choice as a garden, park or feature tree. With its fresh green foliage, distinctive in its delicate shape and transforming to a beautiful autumn yellow, it can offer a unique contribution to a suitable site. Being slow-growing and long-living, the Ginkgo fits well into longer-termed landscape plantings and designs and has been used with great effect planted in streetscaping, in avenues, lawns, or planted in small clusters. It will do best in moist, fertile, well-drained soils but will manage most sites, with a shown tolerance for compacted and urban sites, a range of soils type and some drought tolerance.
Availability: Torbay, Champion Lakes : In production, 25L
Mature height: 25-30
Mature spread: 10-15
Canopy: Upright and irregulalry conical, spreading with age. Moderate shade.
Growth rate: Slow to moderate
Cautions: Fruits of female flowers have repugnant smell.
Tolerances: Soil compaction. Variety of soil types. Somewhat drought tolerant.
Sun demands: Full sun or part shade
Soil demands: Most soils with good drainage. Highly acidic to mildly alkaline.
Water demands: Moderate
Native or Exotic: Exotic
Leaf habit: Deciduous
Family: Gingkoaceae
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Additional references and recommended reading:

Boland, D. J. et al (2006) "Forest Trees of Australia" 5th Edition, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

Gilman, Edward F. (1997) "Trees for Urban and Suburban Landscapes", Florida: Delmar Cengage Learning.

Lorenz von Ehren "Von Ehren Manual" 2nd Edition, Hamburg.

Rushforth, K. (2001) "Easy Tree Guide, Britain and Europe", London: Aurum Press.

Urban Forests Ecosystems Institute, "SelecTree - A Tree Selection Guide" retrieved from 2009.

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