Trees by Genus

Genus 'Ginkgo'

Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo biloba (Maidenhair Tree)

Ginkgo biloba

Native: China

Location: Cultivated in gardens, streets and parks in all temperate countries.

The only representative of a type of plant that was widespread in prehistoric times.

Foliage

Leaves may be two-lobed, but often fan-shaped with only shallow lobing. They colour yellow in autumn before falling.

Flowers

Ginkgo biloba

Flowers are produced on separate trees. Males about 2.5-3.7cm long shedding pollen in March; females tiny on a stalk about 5cm developing into fruit.

Fruits

Ginkgo biloba

Fruit contains an edible nut. As the flesh decays it becomes foul-smelling and slimy and can be a hazard to traffic in busy town streets.