Five Cool Facts About Ginkgo Trees

Every tree species has its own unique characteristics, but none stand out from the crowd quite like the ginkgo. This highly unusual tree falls into a different division of plants than all other living trees on Earth. Unlike other trees, it has motile sperm found within its pollen. The large, bulbous formations that appear on its branches are not fruits, as one might assume, but rather the ginkgo's unique seeds.

If you have a ginkgo on your property or are thinking of planting one, here are five more cool facts that you should know:

Ginkgo trees are not the slightest bit picky when it comes to soil type.

Most trees only grow in soil in a narrow pH range, but ginkgo trees just don't care. Though the trees will grow more quickly in looser, sandy soil, they'll tolerate compacted soil, too. Do you have an area in your yard where the soil's just too basic or too acidic for other trees to grow? Plant a ginkgo.

Ginkgo leaves turn a stunning gold in the fall.

When the leaves are green, the ginkgo does not stand out too much from other trees. However, when fall arrives, its leaves turn a brilliant goldenrod shade that you can't help but admire. The unique fan-like shape of their leaves is also enticing.

There are male and female ginkgo trees.

Many trees feature male and female parts on the same tree, but not the ginkgo. They are dioecious, which means that some trees have male reproductive organs, while other have female reproductive organs. Most nurseries only sell male trees, since the females produce large, smelly seeds.

You can have ginkgo trees pruned when they're young to modify their shape.

Ginkgo trees tend to take on an umbrella-like shape as they grow. If you want to keep yours in a refined space or ensure it develops evenly, you can have it pruned by a professional arborist when it's young. You'll likely only need to have it pruned once a year, since they grow so slowly. Once the tree is mature, you should continue having it pruned periodically, since removing dead branches will ensure the tree continues to thrive.

You'll never have to worry about pests or diseases attacking your ginkgo.

Most every common tree species is susceptible to certain fungal infections. Ash trees can develop ash yellows, and walnuts often succumb to walnut blight. Ginkgo trees, however, are not attacked by any serious diseases or pests. This means you never have to worry about spraying yours with pesticides, or having to remove it because it has become infected.

If you want a tree that serves as a true conversation piece, plant a ginkgo. Its unique leaves are sure to spark conversations with guests, and you'll enjoy just how easy it is to grow and maintain. Call a tree service like R. L. Elliott Enterprises, Inc. for more information on planting the right tree for your yard.