How to plant a ginkgo tree

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one hour

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Jun, Jul, Aug, Mar, Apr, May, Dec, Jan, Feb, Sep, Oct, Nov

The maidenhair tree (Ginkgo biloba) was once thought of as an exotic curio, but has found new life as a trouble-free, attractive tree for 'ordinary' gardens, and one which won't cast heavy shade. It will ultimately grow into a large tree, so it's not a good choice for small-to-medium sized gardens. If space is limited, look for the upright form, Ginkgo biloba 'Fastigiata'.

You will need

Maidenhair tree, Ginkgo biloba

Plenty of organic matter

A tree tie


As it's a long-lived tree, prepare the soil well, working in plenty of organic matter such as well-rotted manure, and blood, fish and bone (a relatively slow-acting feed).

Use a tree tie to keep it securely staked for the first five years.

Leave a circle of bare soil at least 60cm wide around the base to reduce competition from weeds or groundcover plants.


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