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Ginkgo biloba 'California Sunset' (v)

maidenhair tree 'California Sunset'

A deciduous, large tree or small shrub to around 4m tall. Fan-shaped leaves emerge a pale creamy-yellow in spring before maturing to dark green with irregular streaks of creamy-yellow in summer

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
20–50 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Cream Yellow
Summer Green Yellow
Autumn Yellow
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or North–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Ginkgoaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
Seeds harmful if eaten. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

Ginkgo are large deciduous trees, developing an irregular, spreading crown with age, fan-shaped, 2-lobed leaves, and on female trees, unpleasantly scented yellow fruits each containing a single large seed

Name status

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in a well drained soil preferably in partial shade to avoid scorching the variegated leaves in summer; shelter from cold, drying winds

Propagation

Propagate by grafting in winter

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Low Maintenance
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

May be susceptible to honey fungus (rarely)

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