When the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, six Gingko trees were among the few living things to survive within a short radius of the blast site—and they're still standing today. Thus, the Japanese regard the gingko as “the bearer of hope.” It is also known as “the survivor” and “the living fossil.”
This living fossil dates back 270 million years! Ginkgo Biloba has unusual fan shaped, light-green foliage that turns bright, clear yellow in autumn. The leaves are often split in the centre into two lobes, hence the name Biloba and as they are reminiscent of maidenhair ferns, it has gained the name of "maidenhair tree".
Ginkgo Biloba is a conical tree that slowly broadens and spreads with age, whilst the bark develops attractive deep fissures. It will grow to 10 x 4 metres in 20 years.
Ginkgo Biloba is surprisingly a conifer tree! It is hardy and will grow in exposed inland conditions, but likes a sunny position. Ideal for urban environments, it will tolerate pollution and limited soil space despite its stature. If the space is available, this tree makes a real talking point.
Common Name : Maidenhair Tree
Soil : Fertile, moist, free draining
Position: Full sun
Size: Height 10m x 4m
Flowers/Foliage : Attractive unusual foliage with great autumn colour