The ginkgo is an upright tree with unusual leaves shaped like a duck’s foot. Bright green leaves turn golden yellow in the fall and stay on the tree that way for several weeks. Most of the leaves will drop over just a few days in the fall, making a golden carpet for a short time.
The ginkgo has survived pretty much unchanged since the time of dinosaurs. It prefers medium water and good drainage, and will benefit from nitrogen fertilizer. It is a slow grower for the first few years, becoming moderate after it establishes.
We recommend named varieties such as ‘Saratoga’, ‘Princeton Sentry’, or ‘Autumn Gold’, which are males. Female trees have a foul-smelling fruit in the fall, and are best avoided.
Height: 45 to 50 feet
Spread: 30 to 40 feet
Growth Rate: slow to moderate
Irrigation needed: medium
Fall Color: golden yellow
Seeds/Fruit: none on named (male) varieties
Front of green utility box: 8 feet
Building, paving, swimming pool: 20 feet
Fence, underground utilities: 6 feet
Overhead, high voltage lines: 30 feet