Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo biloba

Key Information

  • Botanical name: Ginkgo biloba
  • Common name: Ginkgo biloba
  • Plant type: Tree
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 30m

Spread: 8m

Flower colour:
  • Yellow
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Autumn colour, Fruit

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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.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle, Back
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

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