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Gingko Biloba (Maidenhair tree)

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Gingko Biloba (Maidenhair tree) - Bonsai Tree Type (Outdoors) Bonsai Care

This is a deciduous tree, once thought to be extinct but re-discovered in China in the 17th century.

Columnar shaped tree with dense upright branches which bear distinctively shaped leaves which turn from green to pale yellow in autumn. Although the Ginkgo is more like a conifer than a deciduous tree it is neither.  Recent research suggests that it has a unique position which is much closer to the cycads than to either conifers or deeciduous trees.

STYLE : best suited to formal upright and clump styles. 

WARNING : Keep tree from prolonged freezing. Fleshy roots can "explode" as a result of excess water expanding when it freezes.

Care Info

REPOT : In spring annually up to 10 years old and then every 2-3 years as required for older specimens. SOIL : Free draining soil : 40:60 grit:organic.

PRUNE : Prune all dead material in early spring. Prune new shoots to shape as necessary.

PINCH : Prune shoots to a leaf pointing in the required direction.

WATER : Water well in growing season. Keep soil barely moist in winter.

FEED : Balanced feed in summer, then nitrogen free in early autumn.

WARNING : Keep tree from prolonged freezing. Fleshy roots can "explode" as a result of excess water expanding when it freezes.


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