Collection: Ginkgo trees

Ginkgo trees, revered for their distinctive fan-shaped leaves and bright yellow autumn foliage, are ancient living fossils, unchanged for over 200 million years. They are highly resilient, tolerating pollution and confined soil spaces, making them ideal for urban environments. Their nuts are edible and used in traditional cuisine, while extracts from their leaves are popular in herbal medicine.

The Ginkgo Tree: Explore Nature’s Timeless Wonder

The Ginkgo biloba tree (also known as the Maidenhair tree) is a fascinating species with a unique appearance and a 200-million-year-long history. This “living fossil” is famous for its striking looks, extreme resilience, unbelievable longevity, and amazing health benefits. It proved its sturdiness by surviving dinosaurs, the ice age, and the atomic bomb blast in Hiroshima. In Asia, it is a symbol of hope, strength, and tenacity. If you would like to heave this magical tree in your garden and are looking for ginkgo trees for sale, Arundel Arboretum in Chichester is the right place for you to go. Here are some things you need to know before planting ginkgo trees:

Ginkgo Biloba ‘Classic’

  • Female ginkgo trees bear cones that have a very unpleasant odour when they fall to the ground and start to rot. 
  • On the other hand, these cones contain seeds, also known as “ginkgo nuts” which are very nutritious and considered to be a delicacy in Japanese and Chinese cuisine.
  • Male ginkgo trees do not have an unpleasant odour so if you don’t want to harvest ginkgo nuts, it is better to plant male trees.
  • Ginkgo trees grow quite large so make sure you have enough space for them in your garden.
  • Don’t worry too much about the soil since ginkgo can adapt to almost any type of soil. Still, it grows best in slightly acidic, sandy, moist, well-drained soils in full sun.

Ginkgo is extremely resilient to pests and diseases and tolerant of salt, winds, pollution, and heat. Once established, it doesn’t require much attention.

Different types of ginkgo trees:

If you don’t have enough space to grow this magnificent tree, but would still like to enjoy its beauty, Arundel Arboretum has a solution. We can offer dwarf ginkgo trees for sale, suitable for small gardens and container planting. We also have pyramidal ginkgo trees perfect for gardens that lack horizontal space.

Ginkgo biloba ‘Mariken’

Ginkgo ‘Mariken’ is a dwarf variety typically reaching a height and spread of around 1-1.5m. Its habit is rounded and compact. Its branches form a dense symmetrical canopy with a neat and tidy appearance. Like other ginkgo varieties, it is low maintenance, requires very little pruning, and is resistant to pests and diseases.

Ginkgo biloba ‘Pyramidalis’

Ginkgo ‘Pyramidalis’ has a distinctly pyramidal or columnar form. It is a great choice for areas with limited horizontal space. It can reach 10-15m in height. Its dense foliage gives it a stunning appearance. Like other ginkgo trees, it is very resilient and adaptive.

Planting tips:

  • The best time to plant ginkgo trees is between November and March.
  • Dig a hole twice as wide as the tree’s root ball and place it at the same depth as it was in the nursery container.
  • Very young plants need support and should be secured with a tall stake.
  • Keep the soil moist during the first year.

Ginkgo Tree Sale UK:

If you're in Chichester, Worthing, Brighton or in London visit our Arundel Arboretum nursery and we will be happy to show you around.

Ginkgo biloba trees are a timeless addition to any landscape, bringing beauty and resilience. Plant it, follow the planting tips provided, and soon, you'll witness the enchanting transformation of your outdoor space with this remarkable tree.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where do ginkgo trees grow best? Ginkgo trees tolerate a wide range of soil textures, pH levels, and climate conditions, but grow best in slightly acidic, moist, well-drained, sandy soils in full sun. They are suitable for coastal areas, especially if you plant them slightly away from the sea. Tough enough to handle air pollution, they are excellent for streets, parks, and other urban spaces.
  • How fast do ginkgo trees grow? Ginkgo biloba trees are slow growers. It takes them time to grow, especially in the first couple of years. As they mature, they tend to speed up and add 30 to 50 cm each year.
  • How big do ginkgo trees get? In ideal conditions, Ginkgo trees can reach an impressive height of 20-35m with a spread of 6-12m.
  • Can you keep a ginkgo tree small? The size of a ginkgo tree can be easily managed by pruning or trimming. Moreover, lovely dwarf varieties are available for smaller gardens or limited spaces.
  • Do ginkgo trees stink? Male ginkgo trees do not stink and are, therefore, preferred for landscaping. Female ginkgo trees produce cones that have a strong and unpleasant odour, particularly when they start to decompose. The smell is often compared to rotten butter, vomit, or animal faeces. At the nursery We only sell male trees
  • How long do ginkgo trees live? Ginkgo trees are famous for their longevity. They often surpass 150 years, but some remarkable specimens in Asia are known for surviving over 1,000 years.
  • What is the average lifespan of a ginkgo? The average lifespan of a ginkgo tree is typically around 150 to 200 years.
  • Are ginkgo trees hard to grow? Ginkgo trees are considered easy to grow and can thrive in a wide range of conditions. They tolerate most of the soil types and are resistant to pests and diseases. Once established, the ginkgo tree is a low-maintenance plant.
  • Can ginkgo trees grow anywhere? Ginkgo trees are extremely adaptable and resilient. They tolerate a wide range of climates and soil types. They are mostly resistant to pests and diseases and can thrive in rural, urban, and coastal conditions. Still, they prefer well-drained soils and full sun.
  • What is special about ginkgo trees? Ginkgo trees are known as “living fossils” that have been around for millions of years. They are unique as the only living species in their plant family. Apart from their longevity, resilience, and attractiveness, ginkgo is also special because of its medicinal use. An extract derived from ginkgo leaves is often used to boost cognitive functions and improve circulation.
  • Are there any ginkgo trees for sale near me? If you are looking for a ginkgo tree sale UK and you are near Chichester, come and visit our nursery. If you are not near us, we invite you to explore our online store and find your perfect plant. The rest is on us. If you have any questions or if there's anything we can assist you with, please feel free to reach out.
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