- Type Deciduous tree
- Oldest on Record 1,000+ years
- USDA Zones 3-9
- Light Sun or light shade
- Crown Varies by age
- Location Specimen
- Other Uses City streets
- Design Tip Shade tree
- Peak Season Autumn color
Ginkgo Tree: A Field Guide
Ginkgo trees are prized for their tough, hardy natures; a common street tree, it will develop beautiful gold color in autumn and then suddenly drop all its fan-shaped leaves on one day (thanks to a quirk in the manner in which its leaf stems develop).
A ginkgo tree’s looks can be deceptive: a young tree may look gangly, tall, and awkward. But come back in a hundred years—and it will be worth the wait—to see a mature, 100-foot-tall majestic tree with a graceful canopy that will cast shade beneath it in a diameter of up to 60 feet.
Is a ginkgo tree the right choice for your landscape? If you have a small garden, consider giving it pride of place as a focal point and allow it plenty of room to grow and spread its twisty, distinctive branches.
There is only a single species of Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) but many interesting cultivars. Some of our favorites include ‘Autumn Gold’ (widely sold in nurseries, it was introduced in 1955); ‘Fairmount, with a dense crown shaped like a pyramid, and ‘Woodstock’, known for having a beautifully symmetrical oval crown.