Autumn Gold Gingko
The ginkgo tree (Ginkgo biloba) is a unique and ancient tree species that is also known as the maidenhair tree. It is considered a living fossil because it is the only surviving member of an ancient group of trees that flourished during the Jurassic period, over 200 million years ago. The tree is native to China, but is now cultivated in many parts of the world as an ornamental tree and for its medicinal properties. The tree in the images grows in zip code 60515.
The ginkgo tree is a deciduous tree, which means it sheds its leaves annually. The tree can grow up to 30-40 meters tall, with a broad crown and a spreading, irregular shape. The bark of the tree is greyish-brown and deeply furrowed.
The leaves of the ginkgo tree are unique in shape, with a fan-like appearance that is divided into two lobes. They are bright green in color during the growing season, turning a beautiful golden-yellow in the fall before dropping from the tree. Ginkgo trees are dioecious, which means they have separate male and female trees. The male trees produce small, yellowish-green flowers that grow in clusters, while the female trees produce small, fleshy, and plum-like fruit with a hard, nut-like inner seed.
The ginkgo tree is known for its resilience and hardiness. It can tolerate a wide range of growing conditions, including pollution, urban environments, and poor soil. The tree is also resistant to pests and diseases, making it a low-maintenance tree for landscapers and gardeners. This is Harrison's favorite tree. Trees are currently 4-5' tall.
USDA Zone: 3-7
Mature Height: 50'+
Mature Spread: 40'Scientific Name: Ginkgo biloba 'Autumn Gold'