Ginkgo biloba

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Lovely fall color, the ancient and indestructible Ginkgo tree (Ginkgo biloba) is also called the Maidenhair tree because it resembles Maidenhair ferns. It is truly unique and has no close living relatives. It's also one of the oldest living types of trees. Botanical gardens around the world feature this beautiful living fossil. You'll be proud to own one!

Yes, this is the tree used in Ginkgo biloba supplements to improve memory, symptoms of dementia, and blood flow. Specimens are reported to exist around China that are over 1800 years old. Bet you didn't know how pretty it is!

The leaves on the Ginkgo are an interesting fan shape that flutters in the slightest breeze. They are dark green leaves from spring to summer, often 2-4 inches but can sometimes be up to 6 inches long! Once established, the Ginkgo requires little maintenance or pruning. Typically it has a lovely canopy that grows with perfect balance.

In autumn, the beautiful leaves turn a brilliant, saturated yellow. This is one of the most favored and popular characteristics of the Ginkgo tree. They simply glow in the landscape and make a heart-catching addition to the season that local wildlife and birds will love!

When those leaves turn a brilliant and clear yellow, you will find that the Ginkgo leaves may all fall in one very short period of a day or two. It's a marvelous display as the leaves blanket the ground beneath almost overnight. That also makes lawn cleanup easy!

These are rugged trees! They'll be perfect in hot, dry climates, and tolerate urban air pollution. Growing slowly and steadily, Ginkgo are here for the long-term game not the here and now. Eventually reaching a hefty 80 feet in height and 40-foot width in optimal conditions! Hardy in cold and heat throughout the USDA growing zones 3 to 8. Ginkgo trees have incredible environmental adaptability with good tolerance to poor urban conditions and no insect or disease pressure.

Planting and Application:

The Ginkgo has long been appreciated for its well-behaved root system. This is a great tree for use around walkways and patios because the roots stay deep and are not prone to lift pavement. This is why the tree has become a very popular street tree!

Place it where you'll see the fall foliage color display! This gorgeous deciduous tree is perfect as a shade tree, or lawn tree. Pair the yellow leaves with the fiery reds of the Autumn Blaze Maple tree for vibrant autumn colors!

Ginkgo trees tolerate a very wide range of conditions and are simply not bothered by insect or disease problems. Use them in your shelterbelts and windbreaks to add some diversity to the barrier. They tolerate open windy areas well.

Use them as you would an Oak tree for longevity and color, or pair them with fiery Autumn Blaze Maple Trees or other yellow cold-hardy trees like Quaking Aspen or even plant them among conifers without worrying the pH will affect them. Create a gorgeous windbreak with a collection of fast and slow-growing trees that light up your fall landscape!

Of course, Bonsai enthusiasts should consider these real-deal trees for their collection.

  • Unique Soft-Green Fan-Shaped Leaves
  • Tiny Green Flower Color
  • Beautiful Golden Yellow Fall Color
  • Showy Display as Leaves Fall to the Ground
  • Fascinating Historical Tree
  • Mighty Specimens, Shade, Street & Fall Color Trees

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Ginkgo are easy to grow but tend to be slow to establish. But once they get going, they will be there for the rest of your life, your children's life, and even your great-grandchildren's life! It will perform best in full sun, so site it carefully. The Ginkgo Tree can live 1,000 or more years. This native to China has been around since the dinosaurs and is as beautiful as it is beneficial.

Provide a well-drained enriched site and water new trees regularly using the Finger Test method for best results. A 3-4 inch thick layer of mulch all around the tree's drip line helps make cleaning fruit drop easier and create a pretty garden bed. If pruning is needed, do so while the tree is dormant in the winter or very early spring.

These trees are either male trees or female trees, and female Ginkgos will have Ginkgo seeds with edible nutlets inside the fruit.

  • Full Sun
  • Well-Drained Conditions But Highly Adaptable
  • Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Prune When Dormant
  • Male or Female Tree - Female Trees Fruit Around 8-10 Years of Age
  • Resistant to Pests, Disease, Pollution & Wind

Tough, strong, and very resilient … that is a Ginkgo! For a conversation starter that would be an interesting - and useful - addition to any yard - Order your own mighty Ginkgo biloba trees today!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is special about Ginkgo Biloba Trees? Is Ginkgo biloba a good tree to plant?

These are incredible fall color trees, lighting up autumn in vivid yellow hues! These are very long-lived trees, with some specimens still around after 1,800 years! Ginkgo makes fall clean-up easy because these vibrant trees seem to drop all their foliage at once. Ginkgo trees are fantastic trees for their fall color, easy carefree nature and hardiness. They're low maintenance and have lovely leaves, unlike any other tree!

Where do Ginkgo trees grow best?

Ginkgo trees love full-sun locations, the more the better! They thrive in a wide USDA growing zone range of 3 through 8. Provide a location with good drainage, and their root balls don't seem to mind what soil type and are drought tolerant once established.

Do Ginkgo biloba trees grow fast?

Ginkgo biloba are medium growers at first and once established become slow-growth rate plants because they are in it for the long haul! Living for hundreds of years, so they're in no hurry to out-compete other trees. It may take two seasons for your newly planted Ginkgo to start to feel at home in its new site. But once it gets established, it will then start to put on a normal amount of growth. Patience my friend...they are so worth the wait!

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Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

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Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Incredible Living Fossil Ginkgo Trees

These are the only remaining variety of ancient plants that once were abundant on the earth over 150 to 270 million years ago.

The Gingko is a botanical wonder in that it is a bridge plant between broad leafed plants and evergreen conifers. Because of the way the seed is developed it is considered closer related to an evergreen conifer in its morphology.

A native to China and thought to be extinct for centuries, it is now known to grow in two remote small areas in China's Zhejiang province. The Gingko's sole existence is credited to the Chinese monks who for 1000's of year planted and preserved the trees because of the plants wide range of usages.


Ginkgo biloba Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Ginkgo biloba
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 50 - 80 feet
Mature Spread 30 - 40 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Requires Good Drainage
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium, Slow
Foliage Color Soft Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time When Dormant