Botanical Name: Ginkgo biloba
Common Name: Ginkgo Tree, Maidenhair Tree  
Plant photo of: Ginkgo biloba
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Conifer


Height Range

12-25', 25-40', 40-60', 60-100'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Light Green, Yellow Green, Yellow


Bark Color

Brown, Grey


Fruit Color

Brown, Orange


Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Japanese, Seascape, Wild Garden, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Silhouette, Standard, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Indoor, Lawn, Park, Roadside, Street Tree


Special Uses

Wind Break, Shade Tree, Medicinal


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Greg Applegate, Connon N.
  • Description

  • Notes

The Ginko biloba, with its distinct fan-shaped leaves, initially grows with a pyramidal habit, but later becomes wide-spreading. It is slow growing. Leaves turn golden yellow in the fall. Dropping fruit can be a nuisance but you can purchase a male plant to avoid the fruit. Ginkgo can also be used as bonsai. It is generally not bothered by insects or disease.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halfway with native soil and water. 5. Finish back filling hole, build basin and water.