The group of three Ginkgo biloba are exhibiting a good show of golden colour this late into the autumn. Slow to change from green to a golden yellow the distinctive fan shaped leaves are holding on, falling gradually to form a delicate carpet around the base.
Fossil records show Ginkgo was present around 150 million years ago. Our plants date from the last century. Slow growing, as the foliage drops observe the stubby buds with their compression rings. These occur from branch tip to trunk allowing foliage to develop tight into the trunk. Native to Northern and Eastern China it was introduced to Britain via Japan in the mid 1700’s. The plant can sit producing leaf but minimal growth until successfully established. Once this happens the compressed buds will send out long vegetative growth. Trees often develop a pyramidal outline radiating from a single main trunk.
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