Unique leaves and glowing yellow autumn colour. Simply an awesome ancient species. Gives very light shade so it won’t compete with undergrowth. Grows to a very tall majestic tree. 1000 year old specimens are found growing on Chinese Buddhist Temple grounds, so plan well. Gendered species. Easy to grow. Tough enough for urban planting. Suitable for bonsai. Known as a “living fossil”, the ginkgo is also named “white nut”.
- Seed Count: 8-10
- Collection Date: Oct 2023
- Hardiness Zone: 4-9
- Height and Width: 10m x 5m
- Germination test type: float
How to germinate Ginkgo biloba seeds:
Stratifing seed; will be kept in moist medium to maintain viability and excellent germination. Store in the fridge in bags filled with moist medium (milled peat is best) until you’re ready to sow as this seed doesn’t take kindly to being dry as this is lethal to the embryo. Do not freeze either. Deep pots are best to grow in for good roots. I sow in thinly on a bed of 20-30 grade silica sand and cover with 2-3cm of potting medium with an additional thin dressing of screened bark mulch. 1/2 inch hardware cloth overlaid the top will keep out rodents. Keep moist; stratify for 90 days; optimum germination temp: 20-25 C. Again, never let sown pots freeze over the winter as the cotyledons go mushy. We’ve had ginkgo germinate in the fridge and did our sowing in March-April.