Ginkgo biloba, generally referred to as ginkgo or maidenhair tree is commonly referred to as a ‘dwelling fossil.’ It’s the one survivor of an historical group of extinct bushes within the division Ginkgophyta which are older than the dinosaurs. The proof is present in fossils that date again 270 million years.
Today, ginkgo is named a superb tree for planting in city and suburban landscapes the place area permits. It could thrive beneath harsh environmental circumstances that will trigger many different completely different tree species to fail. This hardy tree can tolerate issues like drought, de-icing salts and soil compaction.
Ginkgos have an angular crown and lengthy, erratic branches. They produce deep roots that in flip make the tree very resilient beneath windy circumstances. Younger bushes are sometimes tall and slender, and sparsely branched with the crown turning into broader because the tree ages. With their highly effective mixture of resistance to illness and bugs and a powerful root system, ginkgo is usually a really long-lived tree species.
This tree, nevertheless, gives far more than its steadfast reliability. The gorgeous inexperienced leaves have a definite fan form with a groove within the center. The truth is, these two elements of the fan are the place the title biloba (two lobes) originates. When autumn arrives, the leaves flip an excellent and brilliant shade of yellow. Not like different bushes, it is vitally frequent for the leaves to drop seemingly all of sudden leading to a carpet of gold beneath the tree.
Ginkgos thrive in moist, well-drained soil, however they’ll tolerate poor soil and tough circumstances. Whereas the tree is hearty, remedy might generally be wanted for mealy bugs and lesion nematodes in addition to illness together with fungal leaf spot and root rot. These bushes are additionally dioecious, which implies that there are female and male elements on completely different bushes. Whereas ginkgo makes a improbable specimen tree, females are infamous for producing copious quantities of fruit that emit a foul odor. Fortunately, most nurseries promote the male plant.
This fascinating tree is a really distinctive and welcome panorama addition for superb autumn colour.