Real World Gardener AMAZING Gingko tree is Plant of the Week

November 9th, 2016

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Gingko biloba Maidenhair Tree

main_Ginkgo_Biloba%252520%25282%2529.jpgThis (gingko biloba) is an ancient tree that predates conifers or cone bearing plants, and is thought to be the link between cycads and those conifers.

These type of plants had the planet to themselves along with dinosaurs for over a 100 million years.

Dr Peter Valder in “The Garden Plants of China” (1999) refers to an 800-year-old ginkgo at Jianshan, Zhenjiang and “The King of Trees”, a ginkgo said to be 1,000 years old, which grows in a courtyard at Tanzhe Si (temple), southwest of Beijing.

So let’s find out what it is.

I'm talking with the plant panel: Karen Smith, editor of Hort Journal  and Jeremy Critchley, The Green Gallery wholesale nursery owner.

In Australia, Ginkgo grows best in most places including Sydney and Perth.

In Adelaide there is a 100 year old tree in Kingston Terrace and a grand tree in Medole Court at the University of Adelaide.


Gingko biloba is decidiuous, with the leaves turning a buttery yellow before falling.

In Sydney’s Hyde Park is a ginkgo near St James Station planted c. 1900 and in the Sydney Botanic Gardens.

An old ginkgo grows at The Gorge, Launceston, in Tasmania.

There is a fine specimen in Albury Botanic Gardens,

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