Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo biloba

  • Botanical name: Ginkgo biloba
  • Common name: Ginkgo biloba
  • Family: Ginkgoaceae
  • Plant Type: Tree, Deciduous
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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.

How to grow Ginkgo biloba

  • Plant size

    30m height

    8m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle, back

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline / acidic

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Ginkgo biloba and wildlife

Ginkgo biloba has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Ginkgo biloba poisonous?

Ginkgo biloba has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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