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Ginkgo biloba (Ginkgo, maidenhair tree)

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Plant description

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Ginkgo is a large, deciduous, long-lived tree that can be used medicinally and for food. Disease and pollution resistant, ginkgo makes a good street tree, providing summer shade and winter sun. Male trees are preferred for street planting, as the female drops slippery smelly fruit. The autumn foliage is a lovely clear yellow colour.

Ginkgo prefers rich soil, but will handle poorer soil. Best position is in full sun with protection from strong winds, and with regular watering till established. They are nearly pest free.

Ginkgo is the lone survivor of a family that existed more than 200 million years ago. Trees survived in China, and it is thought that they may have been preserved by being planted near monasteries. Their medicinal and culinary qualities have been used for centuries in Japan and China.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: green
Flowering season: not specified

Plant size

Maximum height: 25 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 12 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
High frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, arid.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 4.0-7.0

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: spring, summer.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.

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