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Ginkgo biloba is a deciduous conifer, and one of the best known examples of a living fossil, having remained unchanged for millions of years. It's grown in gardens for its attractive shape and the curious fan-shaped leaves, which turn yellow in autumn. Female trees produce small plum-like fruits with rancid flesh, though the kernels are edible.The nut-like gametophytes found inside the seeds are a traditional Chinese food, believed to have health benefits.
For best results grow Ginkgo biloba in well-drained soil in full sun. It rarely suffers disease problems and is attacked by few insects, making it an excellent urban street tree.
Plant type: Deciduous tree
Flower colour: Yellow
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Autumn colour, Fruit
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Dry
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: October to March
It is worth noting that this can be easily raised from cuttings. I have done this in the past and am attempting to do so this Autumn.
It's also worth knowing that my neighbour has one and I hope it has now stopped growing as it is about 60 feet high!! Probably recommended for medium size gardens by some so called garden designers?
The seeds are suppose to be toxic but a cure to this is suppose to be a tea made from the leaves?
It is a fantastic tree.
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