The Ginkgo Biloba is the oldest living tree species, living 1000 years or more. Native to China, the tree leaves and seeds are well known for their medicinal qualities.
The Ginkgo Biloba is sometimes called the maidenhair or Shangra-La tree. The pyramidal-shaped tree can grow to heights of 50-80 feet or more. It has short branches which support unique, bilobed, fan-shaped leaves two to three inches long. This tree is one of the first to change colors in the fall. Its light green leaves turn deep yellow and last until the first frost.
Trees are either male or female. The male trees produce pollen on catkin-like cones. The female trees produce small yellowish-brown fruit. These fruits contain oval seeds measuring approximately ½” to ¾”.
The Ginkgo Biloba trees perform best in full sunlight. They are shade intolerant and slow to moderate growers. Well-drained, moist alkaline or acidic soil is preferred. Hardiness Zone: 3-8.