Bonsai Training Information

Ginkgo biloba
Maiden Hair Tree

The Ginkgo or Maidenhair Tree is a tree from the fossil ages and fossils exist of it that go back 270 million years. It had been thought to be extinct in the wild but was discovered in the Zhejiang province in eastern China. Ginkgos are medium-large deciduous trees, normally reaching a height of 20 to 35 meters but some specimens in China are over 50 meters. Young trees are often tall, slender, sparsely branched and have a fan shaped crown. It is grown commonly as avenue trees and make a for a very imposing avenue with very colourfull yellow display during fall and with soft lemon green colour hrough out summer.


Informal Upright, Broom, Group planting, Saikei




Bright sunny spot. Protect young plants from mid-summer direct sun. Protect pots form freezing over in winter.


Water well during growing season. During winter keep failry dry so as to avoid rot damage from frozen pots.


Feed bi weekly during growing season. Use organic manure where possible.

Leaf and Branch Pruning:

The Ginkgo is best styled in its natural Fan or Flame shape. New shoots should be pruned back to 2-3 buds while young. Leaf pruning does not produce appreciable smaller leaves. As the leafs appear in clusters it is best to reduce the cluster to one or two leafs and let the plant show of its individual fan shaped. Top the tree regularly to encourage faning and branch growth.

Re-potting & Growing Medium:

Young specimens require annual repotting, older specimens every 2-3 years. Repot in spring, preferably early spring, in basic soil mix.


Ginkgo is usually shaped by pruning, but may be lightly wired spring-autumn. Great care must be taken to protect the bark as it is delicate and scars will not heal.


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