Selected Ginkgo Forms & Cultivars
University Outreach Publication
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
University of Georgia School of Forest Resources
Genetics, Identification, Landscape Design, Nursery, Planting, Selection (tree), Selection (tree), Species Selection
Cultivars, Ginkgo, Ginkgo biloba, Ginkgo cultivars