Ginkgo biloba ‘Autumn Gold’

maidenhair tree

Outstanding Qualities

Ginkgo biloba is one of the most beautiful deciduous trees, and 'Autumn Gold' is a superior selection of this species. This species evolved over 200 million years ago -- talk about a great track record! It is tough enough to live in the harshest environments, even as street trees in crowded cities. Some ginkgo trees are male and some are female. Since the females produce seeds with the odor of rancid butter, male clones are preferable for ornamental use. Brilliant fall color is one of the many attributes of this tree. The shape of a ginkgo leaf, with its scalloped outer margin, is similar to those of maidenhair ferns, hence the common name of maidenhair tree. Although sometimes referred to as conifers, ginkgos have in fact followed their own, separate, evolutionary course.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: dark green, silver

Great Color Partners: gold, orange

Culture Notes

This ginkgo prefers a location with well drained soil, but will tolerate a wide range of soil types including sandy and clay sites. It is drought tolerant once established and will tolerate tough conditions including pollution and salt spray. Very little pruning is needed to maintain the form of this tree other than removing dead and broken branches or poorly formed limbs.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: drought tolerant once established