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Selected Ginkgo Forms & Cultivars

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Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) in nature is a tall tree with a wide mature crown. Across many centuries, a number of unique traits have been recognized and cultivated. There are many ginkgo cultivars now available.  These cultivars come in a host of sizes, shapes, and appearances. Ginkgo can be divided into five primary crown types besides "normal": a weeping or pendulous form (first described in 1887); a highly upright or fastigiate form; a dwarf type; a branch type with aerial root bulges; and, various modified foliage types subdivided into three main foliage variations -- rolled tubular leaves, variegated leaves (first described in 1887), and leaf and seed-stem fused foliage. Other special variations are being created every year by active breeding and selection programs around the world.

(FOR03-20) September 2003

Kim D. Coder
Date Published
May 2004
University of Georgia School of Forest Resources
Publisher Location
Athens, GA
Genetics, Identification, Landscape Design, Nursery, Planting, Selection (tree), Selection (tree), Species Selection
Cultivars, Ginkgo, Ginkgo biloba, Ginkgo cultivars
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