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Ginkgo biloba/Ginkgo

Ginkgo biloba / Ginkgo biloba
A classic example of a ginkgo in its full autumn color display
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A classic example of a ginkgo in its full autumn color display

Ginkgo flowers in among the foliage

Close-up of foliage in late autumn near the first of December

Fruit on a female tree, normally an undesirable quality for ornamental purposes

Tree in a deciduous state in winter

Exquisite autumn color, an always predictable feature of this great tree

A dormant tree in winter silhouetted against a blue winter sky

A branch hanging from a heavy fruit set on a female tree

A branch of atumn colored foliage

Fruit and foliage

A street tree planting of ginkgo trees on the University of South Carolina campus in Columbia, SC

Male flowers the source of pollen

Maturing fruit and typical fan-shaped leaves

A very old ginkgo bonsai

The always recognizable fan-shaped ginkgo foliage

A large tree in heavy fruit

An espaliered ginkgo tree

A different view of an espaliered ginkgo tree

A ginkgo bonsai in training since 1896

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Scientific Name: Ginkgo biloba
Common Name: Ginkgo
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: 40 - 50 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Yellow, Orange
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Bark, Trunk, and Branch Features
Plants for Autumn Color
Plants for Xeriscapes
Trees, Fruiting
Comments: The male flowers of this dioecious are yellowish catkins in early spring. At the same time, two long stalked flowers look like small persimmons are produced on female trees. When these fruit ripen in the fall, they can be quite messy beneath the tree. Ginkgo is reported to have grown as much as 150 million years ago in Asia. It is one of the best species producing yellow-gold autumn color.