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Ginkgo Biloba.

The Gingko Biloba has no close living relatives and is technically neither a conifer nor a broadleaf, although it is deciduous. Coming from China they will reach a height of some 12m, or more, in 20-50 years and can get up to 80 feet. Perhaps because it is slow growing the Gingko has an unbelievably long lifespan that can exceed 1,000 years. The structure of the tree is very strong as well as can be seen from the fact that Gingkos were the only trees that were able to stand up to the Hiroshima bomb blast. Commonly called The Maidenhair Tree, its unusual fan shaped leaves turn yellow in the Autumn. Gingkos are well known for the unpleasant smell that their ripe, yellow fruits have in the Autumn. Plants are either Male, or Female so you do only get fruits appearing on female plants. The Fruits contain a single, large seed each. It is possible to germinate these Seeds and I speak from experience as I have done so, but then I struggled to keep the resulting seedlings through their first Winter that was of course a wet one and typical of the UK Climate.
Gingkos need a sunny spot, and to thrive well, they need to be planted in well drained soil and have hot Summers, although they are very tolerant of all soil types with the exception of water logged soils. Even though the naturally occurring variety can get very large it is still quite suitable for a smaller garden as it is so slow growing. However, these days there are many cultivars that have different growing habits some of which are dwarf, and will only grow to about 2 metres, and some prostrate, or weeping, that are occasionally available as grafted specimens. There are even a few variegated types that are particularly attractive. Gingkoes are pest and disease free here in the UK and considered to be Architectural plants that usually need no pruning, so their easy care really does make Gingkoes quite an appealing choice. If you do Prune Gingkoes, though, it is relatively easy to root cuttings unlike most trees and cuttings should root quickly – in a matter of a few weeks. Young plants should grow upright for their first few years and then develop a spreading canopy.

Extracts from various parts of Gingko Biloba Trees have long been used in traditional Chinese Medicines to treat many Health problems, but mostly those concerning Circulation and Respiration. There is some evidence to support this and the extracts are still used today in the belief that they can boost Brain activity, Memory and Cognition. There are even some thoughts that they can help stave off Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of Dementia. The Nuts themselves are sometimes eaten, but this should only be done so under supervision as these days they are considered slightly poisonous.



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