How to plant a ginkgo tree

How to plant a ginkgo tree

Find out how to plant a Ginkgo biloba tree, in our step-by-step guide.

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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.

The maidenhair tree (Ginkgo biloba) was once thought of as an exotic curio, but has found new life as a trouble-free, attractive tree.
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You Will Need

  • Maidenhair tree, Ginkgo biloba
  • Organic matter (e.g. well-rotted manure)
  • Tree stake and tie

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Step 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).

Planting a Ginkgo Biloba - digging a hole
Planting a Ginkgo Biloba – digging a hole

Step 2

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

Planting a Ginkgo Biloba - staking the tree
Planting a Ginkgo Biloba – staking the tree

Step 3

Leave a circle of bare soil at least 60cm wide around the base to reduce competition from weeds or groundcover plants.

Planting a Ginkgo Biloba - leaving a circle of soil around the tree
Planting a Ginkgo Biloba – leaving a circle of soil around the tree
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