Ginkgo ‘Autumn Gold’

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This tree is in the Ginkgoaceae family and is known as the most superior of the species. The Autumn Gold evolved over 200 million years ago and can withstand extremely harsh conditions. The tree produces a beautiful gold leaf color in Autumn, hence the name.

Name Ginkgo ‘Autumn Gold’
Latin Name Ginkgo biloba ‘Autumn Gold’
Type Adaptable to region
Diameter 5.5″ caliper 
Color of Leaf Light green with yellow seams
Shape of Leaf Fan-shaped leaves in clusters of 3 to 5
Color of Flower Green
Shape of Flower Inconspicuous
Fruit Characteristics Only on female trees: apricot colored with a silvery cast; messy and they produce a strong odor
Bark Characteristics Light gray, with shallow ridges and furrows
Foliage Type Deciduous

Considered a living fossil, this variety of Ginkgo can live to be over 1,000 years old. It is considered sacred in Chinese culture, and a symbol of longevity. This is in part because it grows slowly, allowing its wood to become very hard, and resistant to harsh conditions. Its seeds and leaves are most commonly known for their medicinal properties, used to improve memory and cure other ailments. The ‘Autumn Gold’ is a male variety, and therefore will not produce fruit.

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