The ginkgo is not a dense shade tree, but it is unusual, very hearty and bright yellow in the fall.  This is a great choice if you want something unique. Odds are, you don’t already have this tree in your landscape.

Another interesting characteristic of the Ginkgo is that most gymnosperms (and flowering plants) have both sexes on the same plant, but the Ginkgo is a dioecious gymnosperm, male and female are separate trees, its seeds have a fleshy outer layer.The male cultivars are the only way to go, as the females provide very messy, smelly fruit.

Size

Young Ginkgo in Milton

40 to 70 feet high by 30 to 50 feet wide

Location

Full sun

Top Reasons to Plant

  • Unique leaf shape and majestic growing pattern
  • Low risk of disease and insects
  • Bright yellow fall foliage

Diseases

The ginkgo tree is famous for its longevity — some of them have lived to be over 1,000 years old. In China there is a 2,500 years old Ginkgo known as the Ginkgo Queen. The leaves and fruit have been used as a medicinal treatment in China since 2800BC, primarily for its ability to help with brain function and blood circulation.The ginkgo tree is indigenous to China, Japan, and Korea, but also thrived in North America and Europe prior to the Ice Age. Several of these incredibly hardy trees even survived the atomic bomb blast at Hiroshima.  The ginkgo tree has a long and amazing history. These monuments of nature are the oldest living species of tree on earth.

Needless to say that Ginkgo trees are considered relatively disease free and do not have any serious disease problems. So if you want to plant an interesting tree and a tree that will accompany the next 20 generations in your family there’s only one choice: the Ginkgo!