Ginkgo biloba - Maidenhair Tree - 5 seeds
Ginkgo biloba is a deciduous tree that lives as long as 1,000 years and may grow to a height of 30 to 37m and a diameter of 1 - 1.2m. It is the world’s oldest living tree species as it can be traced back more than 200 million years. The Ginkgo was almost destroyed during the Ice Age in all regions of the world except China, where it is has long been cultivated as a sacred tree. The medicinal use of Ginkgo biloba can be traced back to the oldest Chinese materia medica (2800 BC).
The Ginkgo can also be grown as a Bonsai as an outside specimen and it prefers full sun: maximum light is necessary for good Autumn colour, very young trees may need some shelter in Summer.
It is best to style Ginkgo according to its natural shape, Ginkgo has large leaves which do not easily reduce, so use it for medium to large size Bonsai. Pruning scars will not heal, so avoid cutting large branches. Shoots grow in clusters of leaves - reduce the cluster to 2 - 3 leaves with topmost leaf on the outside. New branches should be pruned back to 2 - 3 buds while young and Ginkgo is usually shaped by pruning, but may be lightly wired Spring - Autumn.
Great care must be taken to protect the bark as it is delicate and scars will not heal.
5 premium quality seeds shipped on receipt of cleared funds.