Ginkgo biloba

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Buy Ginkgo biloba maidenhair tree: Ancient tree with distinctive, fan-shaped leaves

This tree is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: sun
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: slow-growing
  • Flowering period: April to May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    This wonderful, ancient tree from China dates back at least 200 million years. Its distinctive, fan-shaped, bright green leaves turn bright gold when a warm autumn follows a warm summer. Mature male trees have thick, yellow catkins in late spring. This tree usually starts life shaped like a flagpole but gradually becomes wide spreading. It can cope with many city conditions, including pollution, and makes an elegant tree for a larger garden. Maidenhair trees were introduced to Japan about 1,000 years ago and often grown near temples - one reason why they are a common feature in Japanese-style gardens. The first maidenhair tree was brought to Britain and planted in Kew Gardens in 1760. It still stands today.

  • Garden care: When despatched these trees have a tall main stem which is important at this stage in their development, with few branches. Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in late autumn or winter. When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly.

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Can I grow this tree in a pot? My garden is quite small and walled without much in the way of plant beds but I love the look and colour of these trees.


I'm afraid this tree wont thrive in a pot, so is best planted in the ground in a large garden.


Can we prune a Ginkgo tree? My husband and I want to treat ourselves to a Ginkgo tree for our anniversary. Can you tell us if we can trim the top of the tree to the size we want or would it destroy the tree?

susan thackray

I'm afraid I wouldn't recommend pruning this tree as it dislikes pruning and shortened shoots often die back. It is a large tree that needs plenty of space to grow so if you don't have the room I would recommend looking for an alternative.



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