Ginkgo biloba is a deciduous tree to 25m, conical when young, becoming more irregular with age. Fan-shaped and often bilobed leaves turn clear yellow in autumn
As with all ginkgos, grows in most good fertile soil, not waterlogged, tolerant of polutants so good for town gardens. Very hardy but avoid cold, drying winds, deciduous.
- Position: Full sun/part shade
- Soil: Most soils except waterlogged
- Eventual Size: 12-25m after 20/50 years
- Habit: Columnar/Upright
- Foliage: Classic fan shaped leaf
- Common Names: Maindenhair Tree
- Hardiness: Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
All forms of Ginkgo biloba are extremely hardy and tolerant of a wide range of conditions. If planting in the ground we recommend using good planting compost with root grow and keeping the soil moist but not waterlogged for the first 6 months. Thereafter an annual top dressing with a good fertilizer is beneficial but not essential. Pruning is not necessary except when shaping is required and this should take place in the dormant period.
If planting in a container, use ericaceous compost mixed with 10% John Innes no. 3 added and feed through the growing period with a good general fertiliser - we use organic seaweed extract. If possible, try to avoid the pot freezing for prolonged periods in the winter months. Re-pot every 2-3 years into the next sized container.
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