Fact Friday – Ginkgo Biloba Tree

Fact Friday

Tree – Ginkgo Biloba

The Ginkgo Biloba Tree is a large deciduous species that begins life with a conical shape, becoming more irregular as it matures.

The Ginkgo is a fabulous specimen tree. Best suited to large garden spaces.

Common Names: Maidenhair Tree, Fossil Tree

Foliage: Light green in colour with two-lobed, fan shaped leaves that turn saffron yellow in autumn.

The leaves of the Ginkgo Biloba Tree transform into a warm yellow for a great show of autumn colour.

The leaves of the Ginkgo Biloba Tree transform into a warm yellow for a great show of autumn colour.

Planting Tips: Best suited to sunny positions in well-drained soil. Being a tough tree, Ginkgo Biloba will grow well in sheltered or exposed sites and will grow to 10 x 4 metres in 20 years.

Culinary uses: Popular in Asian cuisine, Ginkgo nuts, found inside the seeds are mainly served during weddings or other special occasions.

Ginkgo Biloba Trees

10L pot 150-200cm Ginkgo Biloba Trees pictured on our nursery

Unusual Facts:

  • Ginkgo Biloba Trees are actually living fossils, and can be traced back over 270 million years!
  • Four Ginkgo Biloba Trees, planted less than 2km away from the site of the Hiroshima atomic bomb survived the attack and are still alive to this day.

Literary Relevance:

Ginkgo Biloba Trees have inspired many writers over the years, most famously, the German poet, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Who wrote a poem about the Gingko Biloba Tree, published in 1819.

(For literary reasons Goethe altered Gingko to Gingo)

Gingo Biloba

This leaf from a tree in the East,

Has been given to my garden.

It reveals a certain secret,

Which pleases me and thoughtful people.

Is it a living being,

Which has separated in itself?

Or are these two, who chose

To be recognised as one?

Answering this kind of question,

Haven’t I found the proper meaning,

Don’t you feel in my songs,

That I’m one and double?

Ginkgo Biloba Tree 3

Ginkgo Trees are easily recognised by their two-lobed, fan-shaped leaves.

You can buy Ginkgo Biloba Trees year round from Ornamental Trees Ltd.

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