I enjoyed reading your article on Ginko berries: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/ginkgo/fruits-of-ginkgo-trees.htm However, I think you misspelled the official name as "Ginko bilboa" -- should be "biloba" according to WIkipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginkgo_biloba Can you update your article? It's near the top of search results, so many people looking up information on ginko berries will see it. Don't want to spread the wrong spelling! Thanks!
The correct spelling is Ginkgo biloba.
Thanks for writing. I will forward your email to the editor.
I have a Ginkgo tree which I planted about 6 years ago. About two years ago I laid gravel on the area around it to save water during a drought period. I still water the tree, but noticed the leaves looking more and more distressed, yellow, brown, and dry. I live in Cape Town, South Africa and it is extremely hot and windy in summer. Could the gravel be the cause, or is there something else wrong with it?
The gravel could be reflecting more heat onto the tree as it does sound drought stressed. Try removing some of the gravel and replacing it with an organic mulch.
I have a miniature variety in a tub on my deck, "Meriken" (I always remember the variety because it sounds like "American"). Based on your recommendation of a pound of fertilizer per 2.5cm of diameter would be about 3 ounces for a roughly 20" or 50 cm diameter. Would potted plants of this miniature variety have the same ratio used to determine the dose?
I would say no becuase the area in the dripline is different. Since it's in a container, I would use the 10-10-10 and follow instructions on the fertilizer for how much to use in containers.
About 3 years ago we bought our current home and it came with a female ginko tree in the front yard. We soon figured out that the fruit it drops is messy, stinky and there's a lot of it. We are considering removing the tree because of the mess. But last year it didn't drop fruit! Hmmm. Any ideas why? Is this a birds and the bees thing? - maybe it didn't get pollinated. If it continues to NOT drop fruit we'll keep the tree - it's a beautiful tree. Thank you!
My best suggestion is to contact a certified arborist. You have a female tree. Maybe erratic fruit production is normal, but I didn't see it noted anywhere in the research. Here is a link to a page with several articles about gingko trees:
I have planted spider lilies, a rosemary bush, and native milkweed. I live in Richmond, VA. My tree is male and about 10 years old and was propagated by an local arborist at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. When I just had spider lilies around it, it seemed fine. This year has been very hot with some rain about every other week. The tree is about 20 feet tall and has a lot of weeds and vines around the base because after I planted the milkweed, it became too difficult to keep other weeds from coming up. The milkweed has really taken off.
There likely is too much competition for moisture and nutrients. I suggest moving the butterfly weed somewhere else. You may want to fertilize it, too.
I have a Gingko tree but no yellow leaves. I am wondering if it is because it is a different type of tree or am I doing something wrong. I have included a photo of two leaves that I got this morning from my tree. does the brown edge on one of the leaves mean the leaf is dead or is it a good sign? Thank you
If it's containerized it should be watered twice a day so the soil doesn't dry out. If it's in the ground, you may need to check the roots for damage to see if something is preventing it from taking up water. A more serious problem could be bacterial leaf scorch.Take a look at these articles for tips and info:
One thing I see right away is grass competing for nutrients. It's best to remove grass as far as the tree dripline and replace it with hardwood mulch. Also, if you fertilize the lawn or apply weedkillers, be sure not to apply it too close to the tree. It may be getting too much nitrogen.
Here are its care requirements that should help: