Ginkgo trees are deciduous. These trees are perfect to plant in large open areas.  These trees do not do well in small spaces because when they mature they can get too big.  Mature trees will grow up to eighty feet tall and sixty feet wide. Ginkgo trees are excellent to install in parks and large yards.  Planting these trees in full sun environments is highly recommended as they need full sun to flourish.

This deciduous tree exhibits beautiful yellow foliage color in the fall.  Ginkgo trees are native to China but do grow well in zones 3-8 in the United States.  This tree is very hardy and can tolerate most extreme conditions.  Female trees produce fruit that can cause quite a mess to clean up around October.  Keep this in mind when you are considering planting this tree in your yard.  The branching structure of this tree is rigid, which gives it a unique shape.  If you are a looking for a specimen tree for your project, then this tree would make a good candidate.

The fruit of this tree is green when it first appears. After the fruit ripens, it turns yellow. Inside each fruit is a nut. The nut of the tree is cream colored and the size of an almond.


Ginkgo Leaves

Ginkgo Fruit


Ginkgo Biloba

Plant Details

Flower Color- None

Foliage Color- Green in the summer and yellow in the fall.

Zone- 3-8

Height- 80 feet tall

Spread- 60 feet wide

Light- Full sun

Details- This shade tree can become quite large when it is fully mature.  Female trees produce fruit that can be quite messy.  The fruit may also generate an obnoxious smell.  This tree does, however, provide beautiful yellow fall color.  The leaves of this tree are also uniquely shaped like a rounded triangle or fan.

Other Ginkgo tree options.

  • Autumn Gold Maidenhair Tree
  • Jade Butterfly Maidenhair Tree
  • Variegated Ginkgo