How to plant a ginkgo tree

How to plant a ginkgo tree

Do it:

Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov

Takes just:

one hour

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'.

Discover how to plant a ginkgo tree, below. 

You will need

  • Maidenhair tree, Ginkgo biloba
  • Plenty of organic matter
  • A tree tie

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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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