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This deciduous conifer is one of the best known examples of a living fossil, remaining unchanged for millions of years. It is grown 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 and are believed to have health benefits. Ginkgos rarely suffer disease problems and are attacked by few insects, making this 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?
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