The Ginkgo Tree

Ginkgo biloba

Mature Height 40 - 70 feet, Mature Spread 30 - 40 feet, Soil Type Widely Adaptable, Moisture Dislikes Wet, Mature Form Pyramidal, Irregular, Horizontal, Growth Rate Rapid, Sun Exposure Full Sun - Partial Sun, Flower Color Insignificant, Fall Color Yellow, Foliage Color Green, Zones 4-8.

The Gingko tree, Ginkgo biloba, is the sole surviving species of a group of Gymnosperms that flourished 65 million years ago, the time when dinosaurs existed. Gingko trees are also called Maidenhair trees. This tree can have a lifespan as long as 1,000 years.

It is the only living gymnosperm (which includes pines, firs, and spruces) that sheds its leaves during the fall. They turn bright yellow in autumn. The fruits are plum like, about 1", and are orange-yellow when ripe. Tree can attain a height of 100 to 122 feet with a girth of 3 to 4 feet.

In the Unites States, these deciduous trees are used for herbal supplements. Ginkgo biloba are sold as memory-boosters and "longevity" pills. The medicinal components of ginkgo are the dried leaves, the seeds separated from their fleshy outer layer, and the fresh leaves.

Ginkgo are not native to North America, rather they are indigenous to China, Japan, and Korea, where they may still exist in remote mountainous parts. Today the tree is often planted in cities because of its remarkable resistance to urban smog and to insect pest. Our trees are sold unsexed.

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