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Autumn Gold™ Ginkgo

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Autumn Gold™ Ginkgo

Ginkgo biloba ‘Autumn Gold’

Description & Overview

Autumn Gold™ Ginkgo, is a versatile tree with unique fan-shaped leaves. Whether you’re looking for a low maintenance shade tree for your yard or a boulevard street tree, you’ll find Autumn Gold™ can accommodate a wide range of needs. Easy to transplant, this Ginkgo grows in acidic, alkaline, loamy, rich, well-drained and clay soils. The history behind the Ginkgo may just fascinate you as well! May also be known as Maidenhair Tree.


Core Characteristics

Wisconsin Native: No – Introduced
Mature Height: 40-50ft
Mature Spread: 25-30ft
Growth Rate: Very Slow
Growth Form: Broad Pyramidal, Symmetrical
Light Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Site Requirements: Tolerant of many soil textures and moisture levels
Flower: Insignificant, green
Bloom Period: April
Foliage: Medium green, fan shaped
Fall Color: Vibrant yellow
Fruit Notes: Fruitless (male)

Suggested Uses:

Use Autumn Gold™ Ginkgo for a variety of spaces. It’s an excellent choice for a shade tree, street tree or even as a vertical accenting lawn tree with its outstanding ornamental features. It’s commonly used in city parks and commercial building landscapes. For a narrow space, try cultivar Princeton Sentry® which has a 15’ spread. Use as a specimen tree with rich yellow fall color, creating a golden blanket at the base of the tree when its fern like-fan shaped leaves drop.

For a similar shade tree, but a more columnar canopy, look at Princeton Sentry® Ginkgo.

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Wildlife Value:

Little to no wildlife value as Autumn Gold™ Ginkgo is a seedless (male) cultivar, so it does not attract birds. The female Ginkgo produces a fruit which is known to bring an unpleasant smell with it, making it industry standard to sell male cultivars.

Additionally, it is deer resistant.

Maintenance Tips:

Site Autumn Gold™ Ginkgo in a full sun location when available, and part shade when necessary. Ginkgo may grow slow initially in the landscape but will pick up later with proper water supply. It is suitable in a variety of soils ranging from sand and loam to heavy clay, however, do not plant in a poorly drained location. We recommend a 2-3” deep mulch ring around newly planted trees. Autumn Gold™ Ginkgo requires little to no pruning to attain strong branch structure. Ginkgo are known to transplant easily. What a fantastic low-maintenance tree!

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Pests/Problems:

Autumn Gold™ Ginkgo does not have any significant pests or problems. As a practically pest-free tree with storm damage resistance you can hardly go wrong with the Autumn Gold™ Ginkgo. Tolerant of sandy to compact clay soil, as well as air pollution this is a strong, long lived tree. It is resistant to gypsy moth, and non-susceptible to Verticillium Wilt.

Autumn Gold™ Ginkgo is a slow growing tree, which in youth can look somewhat sparse. The branching structure will fill out as it matures. This adds to its unique “rick-rack” look during winter.

Leaf Lore:

Ginkgo trees are a living fossil, with leaf impressions dating back 270 million years!! It is also a readily available medicine throughout the world. A lot of trees claim to be resilient, but how many can say their species has survived an Atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima? Roughly 170 Ginkgo biloba survived the blast in 1945. Talk about a living legend! A true symbol of longevity, this tree will most likely outlive generations to come. A single Ginkgo tree can live for over 1,000 years. Autumn Gold™ Ginkgo, can be expected to do the same.

In fall, you may notice your Ginkgo’s leaves drop dramatically, all at once. Why is this? As colder weather comes, common deciduous trees like maples often lose their leaves over the course of a few weeks. The process of a tree losing its leaves it a little more complex than you may think, the stems of leaves on these trees are called petioles. Petioles produce a layer of protective cells to protect trees from diseases that could enter as the leaves drop. This process typically takes place over a period of several weeks as temperature decreases. On a Ginkgo tree, the petioles form this layer of scar-like cells simultaneously and once a hard frost comes it triggers all leaves to drop at once, creating a lovely golden carpet around the base of your tree. Often, a true sign that fall has arrived.

Ginkgo biloba was previously classified in the Pinophyta division (phylum), which encompasses all cone-bearing plants commonly referred to as Conifers. Ginkgo biloba is now classified in its own division, Ginkgophyta, but it is still a gymnosperm (meaning ‘naked seed’) and is closely related to other prehistoric plants like Evergreens and Cycads.

Companion Plants:

Pair Autumn Gold™ Ginkgo with part-shade perennials or shrubs at its base, to create a complete look. Consider plants like All Gold Japanese Forest Grass, Hot Lips Turtlehead, Coralbells, Gro-low Sumac, or Creeping Juniper. To create a true Japanese/Zen Garden, add specimen plants such as Dwarf Hinoki Cypress or Niobe Willow to the mix.


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MAIDENHAIR TREE BENCHCARD