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Ginkgo biloba

Maidenhair tree

Creates a very interesting upright specimen

A wonderful, ancient tree, which despite its appearance is actually a type of conifer and is thought to be the 'missing link' between conifers and deciduous trees. With its striking leaf shape it’s great for creating a contrast in textures. The mid-green leaves turn a glowing butter yellow in autumn before falling. It has a narrow cone shape.


A good choice for creating a focal point or use as a specimen in a lawn. Happiest in full sun with shelter from cold winds, best in well-drained soil.


Add well rotted manure or garden compost to the soil before planting and stake the tree whilst it is young to help the roots establish.

Also known as the maidenhear tree, it's been found in fossils dating back 270 million years

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - October
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - March
Evergreen No
Plant height 800 cm - 2000 cm
Plant width 250 cm - 800 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous Contact with the fruits can cause skin irritation
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 300 cm
Medicinal Yes
Hardiness zone (?) H7

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Cottage garden, City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From February to October