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How to plant a ginkgo tree

Overview

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'.


How to do it

1

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).


2

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


3

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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