Ginkgo, Maidenhair Tree

Ginkgo biloba


A unusual tree with straight trunk and pyramidal crown. The leaves are shaped like duck feet and turn bright yellow in the fall. Most of the leaves will drop in the fall over a short time so that they make a golden carpet for a short time.We recommend named varieties like ‘Autumn Gold’ or ‘Saratoga’ which are males. Female tree have foul smelling fruit in the fall and you and your neighbors will not enjoy the odor! The fruit is prized in Asian cuisine, but not pleasant to live near.

The Ginkgo has survived pretty much unchanged since the time of dinosaurs. It prefers medium water and good drainage and takes its time getting started growing after planting. Ginkgos appear to grow a little faster with an annual application of nitrogen fertilizer.

Height: 45-50 feet
Spread: 30-40 feet
Growth Rate: Slow to Moderate

Irrigation needed: medium
Fall Color: Golden Yellow
Flowers: inconspicuous
Fruit: None on named (male) varieties

Planting Distances
Foundation: 20 feet
Drives/Patios: 6 feet
Fence: 6 feet
Small trees: 25 feet