Ginkgo trees are survivors from prehistoric times and are one of the most unique tree species available. Ginkgo biloba could be considered a living fossil since the earliest leaf fossils date back from 270 million years ago. No other plants are genetically similar to the gingko, which is also known as maidenhair. Ginkgo trees are long lived, strong and hardy enough to handle the forces of nature. They can withstand winds, grow in various soil types, and are drought tolerate when fully established. The ginkgo also does well in urban environments. The vibrant foliage is the very essence of the word “unique,” with bright green fan-shaped leaves that turn a brilliant shade of gold in the fall. What a spectacular show!
Ginkgo bilobas are grown from seed and tend to produce more female trees than male, thus there are ginkgos that are grafted to male and female roots to produce whichever gender is desired. A good example of a male cultivar is the Princeton Sentry Gingko.
The ginkgo tree has a long reproduction cycle and its flowers may not appear on a female plant for 20 to 25 years. These trees flourish in a well-drained soil with a pH of 5 to 5.5, thrive in full sun to partial shade, and are easy to maintain.