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Ginkgo Leaves

EASTERN STAR FEMALE GINKGO TREE

$44.99

Zone: 4-9Size: 3 Gal., 4-5 Ft.

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Note: We’re so sorry… but due to agricultural restrictions we cannot ship any plants to international countries, or the states of California, Hawaii and Alaska. Also, no citrus trees can be shipped outside of the state of Florida.

Eastern Star Ginkgo – Unusual Nut Tree!

Eastern Star is a grafted variety that has superior quality ginkgo nuts. The nuts ripen in October and yield is 30 plus pounds per tree. Because the trees are grafted, nut production starts just four to five years after planting. Requires a male pollinator. Zones 5-9.

Additional Information

Pot Size

3 Gal

Plant Height

4-5 Ft.

Planting Zone

Zone 4-9

Pollinator

Male pollinator.

Choosing the Right Ginkgo Variety…

Ginkgo Fruit

Ginkgo Fruit

Ginkgos are thought of as living fossils and it has been said they watched the dinosaurs roam the earth. The ancient trees are now extinct in the wild, but has been propagated in China for at least a thousand years. A fabulous landscaping tree with superb golden fall color it is also a wonderful addition to a nut orchard. The nuts are sweet and crunchy.

The fruit of the ginkgo tree look like green cherries. The pulpy outer layer surrounds a light brown shell with a creamy white nut inside. These nuts are widely used in Asian cooking. They add a wonderful texture to foods and much like soybeans, pick up the flavor of other ingredients. Ginkgo nuts are used in soups, stuffing’s, desserts, dishes containing meat and poultry, and vegetarian dishes, as well. 

The nuts and leaves contain compounds reputed to improve memory function. This year we’ve been able to grow three types of ginkos: an elegant male, a female with superior nuts and unsexed seedlings. Any would make a beautiful shade tree for your yard, pick the varieties that will best suit your landscape. Give your ginkos plenty of room. Adult tree size is approximately 40 feet by 30 feet for all varieties.

 

POLLINATION

Ginkgo Male Flowers

Ginkgo Male Flowers

 

Ginkgo Female Flower

Ginkgo Female Flower

Ginkgo trees are oriented as male or female trees. It is only the female tree that bears nuts, but to get nuts you will need a male to pollinator the female with.  Pecans are wind pollinated, and rainy weather during bloom prevents the pollen from floating freely through the air from one tree to another, causing poor fruit set. 

 

 

 

 

LANDSCAPING WITH GINKGO TREES Open Me)

Landscaping with Ginkgo Trees…..

Ginkgo Fallen Leaves

Ginkgo Leaves

Ginkgo trees are probably one of the most beautiful of all nut trees. The fan shaped leaves are feathery and graceful, the trees are strong pyramidal in shape. Ginkgo are spectacular in fall color, bright yellow. Create your own edible forest with the large, coarsely textured leaves and broad, umbrella-shaped canopy of chestnut, mixed with the willowy beauty of pecan and the broad, heart-shaped leaves of mulberry. Need shade? Plant ginkgo and cool your house the old-fashioned way.

 

 

 

 

LEARN WHERE AND HOW TO PLANT YOUR GINKGO TREES (Open Me)

SITE SELECTION AND CORRECT SPACING FOR GINKGO TREES

Well-drained, deep soils are preferred, but ginkgos will grow on many soil types. Trees will grow more vigorously and produce more nuts in full sun. Two are required for pollination

SPACING Ginkgo mature spread can require a spacing of 60×60 foot. It does take a long time for trees to mature to this spacing, so often trees are planted on 30 foot spacing .

 

GETTING THE SOIL RIGHT AND PLANTING GINKGO TREES

Planting a Tree  6
Ginkgo trees prefer slightly acid soil (pH 5.5-6.5). If you are in doubt about the acidity of your soil, take a sample to the Cooperative Extension Agent in your county for a soil test.

Dig a planting hole approximately three times the width of the pot and at the same depth as the root ball. Enrich the planting hole with acid mulches like peat moss or rotted pine bark mixed with soil dug from the hole (50:50 mix). Remove the plant from the pot, gently loosen the root ball and place in the planting hole. To avoid burying too deep, make sure plant is positioned with the top most roots at the soil line. Fill the planting hole with the mix of soil and organic matter; gently tamp it in. Water thoroughly to settle the roots and eliminate air pockets. Do NOT put fertilize in the planting hole. Only apply fertilizer if it is the correct time of year (see Fertilization section below).

 

MULCHING If desired, construct a water basin around the base of the tree approximately 36 inches in diameter. Keep an area approximately 4 feet in diameter around the apple clear of grass and weeds to minimize competition for water and nutrients. Mulch in spring and summer with approximately 4-6 inches of mulch. Pull mulch a couple of inches away from the trunk for good air circulation. In spring, we suggest a mix of compost and weed-free hay as mulch. In summer, use weed-free hay or grass clippings alone. Pine bark and pine needles are also good mulches.

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LEARN HOW TO FERTILIZE AND WATER YOUR GINKGO TREES (Open Me)

FERTILIZING GINKGO TREES

The type of fertilizer you choose may be chemical or organic. Make sure that the fertilizer
contains iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium, molybdenum, copper and boron. These minor elements
are very important to plants and most soils are low in these elements. Application rates vary
according to age of plant.

See chart below.

FERTILIZING GINKGO TREES
10-10-10 or 10-0-10 with minerals

1 pound (2-3 cups)

 

3 lbs per each inch of trunk

diameter (measuring above

the graft point and at least 12 inches from the ground)

Espoma Citrus Tone

(Organic)

 

6 cups

10 cups for 2 year old (4-6ft)

18 cups for 7-9ft tree

24 cups for tree over 9ft

Spread the fertilizer evenly under the entire canopy of the plant (3-5 ft diameter circle around the trunk) avoiding a 5-inch area around the trunk. Water or rake in. Fertilize 2 times each year in early March and June. Never fertilize after August (July for Zones 5-7) as this will promote new growth late in the year which will be subject to freeze damage.

 

WATERING GINKGO TREE

The first year is a critical time for the establishment of a new pecan. Water thoroughly twice a week on light soils and once a week on clay soils. Soak the entire root system deeply – this usually takes 45-60 minutes. Pecans should receive at least 1 inch of water each week for best growth and fruit production. Water regularly, especially during dry periods. Water regularly, especially during dry periods. Nuts will not have good fill out if insufficiently irrigated during dry spells.

LEARN HOW TO PRUNE YOUR GINKGO TREES (Open Me)

PRUNING GINKGO TREES

Occasional pruning is necessary to open the center of the tree for greater light and air penetration. Remove crossing, dead or damaged branches as needed. 

 

LEARN HOW TO CONTROL INSECTS AND DISEASE ON YOUR GINKGO TREES (Open Me)

Ginkgo is one of the most trouble free trees. Resistant to disease and insect free, this is a good choice for organic gardeners. Always remember that good disease resistance begins with the health of the plant. Plants stressed from lack of water, not enough sun or being under fed are more susceptible to disease and insects.  Maintaining good sanitation practices in the orchard is most important. The removal of diseased and dead wood, and picking up fallen or rotting fruit off the trees as it occurs, will go a long way in keeping disease and insects at a minimum. Spray at first sign of an issue, rather than waiting until the problem is out of hand will go a long way to keeping your plants healthy and fruiting properly.