Autumn Gold Ginkgo Tree
Ginkgo biloba ‘Autumn Gold’
Autumn Gold Ginkgo Tree
Ginkgo biloba ‘Autumn Gold’
How are the heights measured?
All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.
What is a gallon container?
Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.
How does the delivery process work?
All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!
Why are some states excluded from shipping?
The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.
The Autumn Gold Ginkgo Tree is a shade or screening tree that is not only tough, reliable and able to thrive in harsh urban situations, but is an extremely beautiful tree with an elegant form, unique leaves that turn pure yellow in fall and an attractive, corky bark. It is an excellent choice for a specimen tree, part of a group of trees on a larger property or as an imposing and interesting screen or windbreak. It will grow in almost any soil and it is extremely resistant to cold. It has no pests or diseases and needs no special care at all. If you need a ‘no problems’ tree that is beautiful too, the Autumn Gold Ginkgo Tree is the tree for you.
- Hardy to minus 40 degrees
- Spectacular golden leaves in fall
- Easily grown even in difficult urban conditions
- Very low maintenance and pest free
- Top choice for a shade tree or a screen
The Autumn Gold Ginkgo Tree will grow to about 50 feet tall and 30 feet wide, making an imposing but not overpowering specimen. Its charming foliage is always clean and pest-free, and in fall it turns a beautiful, uniform golden color, glowing in the light of fall like a beacon. This is a male tree, so you will never be bothered with fruit or debris, other than a carpet of golden leaves that brings the season to a close.
- Plant Hardiness Zones 3-9
- Mature Width 25-30
- Mature Height 40-50
- Sun Needs Full Sun
It is not often that we have the chance to easily grow a living fossil, identical to trees that grew 270 million years ago and that almost became extinct if not for the care given by Chinese monks. Not only is this tree unique, it is also very beautiful, with an elegant appearance, distinctive foliage and glorious pure yellow fall color.
In addition to all the aforementioned benefits, it is resistant to all pests and diseases, grows in any soil, resists urban pollution and needs no particular care. It is rarely eaten by deer and will soon be too tall for them to reach if they did decide to. This special tree makes a unique shade tree or decorative garden tree and as it is so tough it is also an excellent choice for a screen for privacy or as a wind-break, as long as extremely rapid growth is not needed. Because it is a little slower in growth, it is long-lived, hardy and not prone to breakage. It needs no special care to reward you with its beauty and durability.
We sell only trees that are true to the original form and we give you the best plant for your purpose. However, we are constantly renewing our stock so our customers get fresh, healthy plants, so supplies of this tree may be limited. To avoid disappointment order now.
Growing Autumn Gold Ginkgo Trees
The Autumn Gold Ginkgo Tree grows about a foot a year (or a little more), so it is a reliable fast-growing tree that will mature soon and as a screen the trees will grow together as they mature. Trees actually grow faster after the first few years. It is remarkably resistant to all pests and diseases – and although deer will sometimes eat the leaves they rarely or never eat branches, so no harm is done to the tree. Once established it is tolerant of moderate drought, but benefits from water during extended dry periods, especially when young.
The Ginkgo Tree is hardy in zones 3 to 9, so it is an excellent choice for colder parts of the country, where other trees may not thrive. It will thrive in almost any soil, but favours damper soils that are also well-drained. In practice it will grow almost anywhere, but the growth rate will be faster under better conditions. For a fast-growing screen, plant trees 10 feet apart in well-dug soil and water and fertilize them regularly. Before long you will have a beautiful screen or avenue of trees, blazing in golden glory every fall.
The Ginkgo Tree is best grown in full sun, but it can be planted in some shade if it will reach the sun when it grows taller. Water your tree every week for the first season, and after that during dry spells. These trees do not normally need pruning, but you can remove any crowded branches and shorten any that are in the way. If necessary this tree can also be pruned as hard as needed and it will quickly recover.
History and Origins of the Gingko Tree
The ginkgo tree (Ginkgo biloba) is often describes as a ‘living fossil’ because it is the last member of a type of tree that was once wide-spread and common. It is likely that the only reason we still have this tree is from the activity of Chinese monks who preserved specimens in their temple gardens. It was introduced into Europe 300 years ago, and sometime later into America. Today it is widespread in China, Europe and America, where its hardiness and ability to thrive in urban conditions where other trees would die, has made it a popular tree choice.
The wild ginkgo tree grows ultimately into a large tree up to 100 feet tall, but the Autumn Gold Gingko Tree will only reach a height of 25 to 50 feet tall, and 20 to 30 feet wide when mature. It begins life as a narrow, upright tree and only as it ages does it become broader, which makes it useful for smaller gardens. The leaves are unique, being shaped like a fan, with a deep cleft in the tip and parallel veins. They are very beautiful and resemble in shape the leaves of the Maidenhair Fern, which is why this tree is also sometimes called the Maidenhair Tree.
Male and female flowers are on separate trees, but the Autumn Gold Ginkgo Tree is a male, so no fruit is produced. As this fruit has a very strong, unpleasant smell, the lack of fruit is a good thing. In fall this selected variety has leaves turn a beautiful butter yellow color before falling. The fall color in Gingko trees is variable when grown from seed and some trees never color well, so our Autumn Gold Ginkgo Trees are grown by taking stems from correctly identified parent trees and joining them to the roots of seedling trees. This is skilled work, and takes longer, but it is the only way to guarantee perfect fall color, which cheaper seedling trees will not have.