Ginkgo biloba, or Maidenhair Tree, is an ancient, slow growing tree with unusual leaves and irregular shape. These giants are the last surviving species of a Genus which once dominated the tree flora 150 million years ago, and were thought to be extinct as a wild plant.
Ginkgo biloba are deciduous trees, with medium sized fleshy green leaves that resemble ducks feet. The leaves turn a bright, buttery yellow in the autumn giving a show stopping display. They keep their colour once they’ve fallen, blanketing the ground below in gold.
The corky, light brown bark is another interesting feature of the tree, which can look quite skeletal and spiky during the winter. The fruit is also edible, although it has a rather unpleasant smell.
Their resistance to pollution makes Ginkgo biloba a very popular choice for urban areas that require some shade during the hotter months.
Bark: Smooth grey.
Leaves: Deciduous, leathery bright green, fan-shaped.
Autumn colour: Buttery yellow.
Ultimate height: 20m (very slow growing).
Uses: Slow growing tree with unusual leaves and irregular shape.
Requirements: Sun to semi-shade. Tolerates heat and frost