When you first notice a Ginkgo tree in the Fall, you stop in your tracks and marvel at the brilliant golden leaves reaching for the sky. We needed a tree in our front yard. Maples were considered (everyone has them); Oaks were momentarily thought of (most grow too slowly); a Hawthorn would have been a good choice. I chose a dogwood and failed to consider the intense afternoon sun. A dogwood is born for the edge of the woods – not the sunny front yard. Within the first summer – the leaves turned rusty, dropped, and the dogwood was history. A Ginkgo was always in the back of my mind, so I did some research. They are strong and resistant to normal droughts once established. They are moderate growers and a specimen tree year round. Very few people have Ginkgos as they are not found at box stores. The better nurseries have them but they are relatively expensive. Let’s look at a mature Ginkgo in the Fall…
The leaves are unique – fan shaped and most have a cleft in the center of the outer edge. The leaves grow in bunches and are lime-green in Spring and Summer.
So I plunged and bought a 2 1/2 inch truck diameter Ginkgo biloba (male) that was about 12 feet high and due to the size of the root ball (300+ pounds!), I decided to plunge further in debt and have Twin Branch nursery deliver and install the tree. I watched the three installers carefully and they assured me that in 14 years they had planted over a thousand large trees and they knew what they were doing.
The hole had to be dug twice the width of the root ball but not deeper than the ball to make sure roots are not smothered.