The Ginkgo, a prehistoric tree with no living relatives is a wonderful species that is treasured in Asian cultures for its long lifespan (1000+ years old) and unique foliage that turns to a vibrant golden-yellow in the fall. It has an atypical growth pattern that lends well to stocky, flame-shaped bonsai. Grown from seed at Kaede Bonsai-en, these trees are well established in 2 1/4" containers.
Common Name(s): Ginkgo, Maidenhair Tree
Latin Name: Ginkgo biloba
Type: Deciduous broad-leaf (Ginkgo are not closely related to other deciduous trees and were formerly classified as conifers but have now been moved to their own division, Ginkgophyta, of which they are the only living species)
Native to: China, Japan, Korea
Climate: Hardy to Zones 3-8, the Ginkgo thrives in most climates of the Continental United States
Care: Ginkgo respond well to chopping back, but they tend to have trouble healing large scars. However, there is anecdotal evidence that Kirikuchi cut paste allows them to heal quickly.
Notes: This is a deciduous tree and therefore will not have foliage during the winter.