Princeton Sentry Ginkgo

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The remarkable Princeton Sentry Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba 'Princeton Sentry') - also known as the Maidenhair Tree - is a truly distinctive large, deciduous tree that would look great planted along your street, as a shade tree in your backyard or as a showcase specimen in front of your home. The genus name is actually a misrendering of the Japanese 'gin' meaning silver and 'kyo' (meaning apricot) used in Japan in the 17th century.

We sell only the preferred male of the species because, unlike its female counterpart, it is not known for dropping smelly seed shells. All growing season, the unique two-lobed fan-shaped leaves in a rich green, have an almost leathery texture that will tempt you to reach out and touch them every time you walk by.

In the autumn, your Ginkgo's leaves will turn a brilliant blazing yellow that shimmers in the morning and late afternoon sunlight. This dazzling show persists for several weeks, and when the leaves do drop, they drop rapidly, forming a golden carpet around the tree! It's a marvelous display as the leaves blanket the ground beneath almost overnight. That also makes lawn cleanup easy!

This excellent male selection features an impressive form that is twice as tall as it is wide as it matures. Growing throughout USDA growing zones 3 to 8, this mighty tree has all the perks of its Ginkgo biloba roots, plus the longevity and beauty the species is known for!

Planting and Application:

The Ginkgo tree is often called a "living fossil" as it's similar to fossils that have been found millions of years ago. It is the only surviving member of a group of ancient plants believed to have inhabited the earth up to 150 million years ago. This tree has been widely cultivated and used medicinally as well as for its edible features. In some parts of the world, this tree is even considered to be sacred.

The Gingko 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. These are fantastic street trees, specimens, and shade trees. Plant them anywhere you want a dramatic fall display!

This tree can tolerate almost anything: It does well in poor or compacted soil, and it can also withstand drought, winter salt, and even air pollution. They are quite deeply rooted and strong, highly resistant to both snow and wind damage.

  • Unique Foliage & Gorgeous More Columnar Form
  • Rich Green Fan-Shaped Foliage
  • Deciduous Tree With Golden Fall Color
  • Great Street Tree & Specimen
  • Fruitless Male Cultivar
  • Ancient Tree With A Fascinating History

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Ginkgo are easy to grow in average, medium moisture soil in full sun, and prefer moist, sandy, well-drained soils. Water newly planted trees regularly to not allow the root ball to dry out between waterings. The Princeton Sentry Ginkgo adapts well to most urban environments.

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 create a pretty garden bed. If pruning is needed, do so while the tree is dormant in the winter or very early spring, removing dead or damaged branches.

  • Full Sun
  • Moist, Sandy Well-Drained Soil
  • Tolerates Alkaline & Compacted Soil
  • Pest & Disease Resistant
  • Very Cold Hardy & Strong

Princeton Sentry Ginkgo is a tree that is well worth having for a number of reasons. When you plant a Ginkgo, you not only get an appealing landscape tree, but also a conversation piece for friends and neighbors. Having a Ginkgo means not only possessing a tree, but also a "living fossil" with a rich and fascinating history. Order yours 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!

How fast does Princeton Sentry Ginkgo grow? How fast do Columnar Ginkgo trees grow?

Ginkgo trees are slow and steady growers, choosing instead to live for hundreds of years, instead of growing fast and burning out. These trees grow about 12-14 inches a year in optimal conditions, but it can take them a couple years to become established.

How can you tell if a Ginkgo tree is a male? Is Princeton Sentry Ginkgo male?

Ginkgo trees are either male trees or female trees. It is very difficult to tell which is which until the tree is around 10 years of age and you either see male or female flowers and fruit on the female trees. The Princeton Sentry Ginkgo is a male-only clone that will ensure you'll not have to worry about fruit.

Where do Ginkgo trees grow best?

Princeton Sentry 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 trees grow fast?

Ginkgo 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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Buying Options for Plants

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.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

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

About Plant Sentry™

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Princeton Sentry Ginkgo Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Ginkgo biloba 'Princeton Sentry'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 40 - 50 feet
Mature Spread 15 - 20 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Slow
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time When Dormant