How to Trim a Golden Gingko

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How to Trim a Golden Gingko

Post  rck89 on Tue May 01, 2012 2:19 pm

Hello Fellow Bonsai Pilgrims -

Attached are photos of a Golden Gingko - colloquial name - that I acquired last year. It's growing out nicely and just beginning to leaf this Spring. Do how best to shape it? I've made a couple of cuts to the upper branches to shorten, but now i'm stuck. Should I make more cuts now since the tree's structure is clearly visible? Or wait for more leaves? The 90 degree upper branches also seem a bit odd. Thoughts please. Thanks.

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Post  rck89 on Tue May 01, 2012 2:25 pm

Oops, no photos. Can't get the photo uploader to work. What am I doing wrong?

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Re: How to Trim a Golden Gingko

Post  rck89 on Tue May 01, 2012 3:17 pm

Bonsai Pilgrims - Hope these photos make it!

Bob


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see Hollow Creek Bonsai link

Post  Robert Taylor on Wed May 02, 2012 12:27 am

http://www.absolutebonsai.com/ginkgo_bonsai

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Re: How to Trim a Golden Gingko

Post  Russell Coker on Wed May 02, 2012 2:54 am



Bob, I'd reduce that second trunk considerably and do some selective thinning and cutting back on the other one. Styling ginkgos is different from other deciduous trees. There is some good info already here, type "ginkgo" in the search bar.

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reply ginko

Post  tap pi lu on Wed May 02, 2012 7:24 am

yes. I think cutting it
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Re: How to Trim a Golden Gingko

Post  rck89 on Wed May 02, 2012 2:26 pm

Russ / Tap - I thought about reducing the second trunk or even eliminating it. But I can't remember the last time that I saw a double trunk gingko, so I decided to keep it. I will reconsider your kind suggestions.

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Post  Russell Coker on Wed May 02, 2012 2:49 pm



Tap's on the right track, but I'd go back farther than that. It's the only way to build ramification and correct porportions. As you can see with your tree, ginkgos break new growth close to the cut. I like the twin trunk design, it adds a lot of interest.

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Post  rck89 on Wed May 02, 2012 2:57 pm

Russ - So you would (or would not) cut the second trunk? If it is reduced a lot, than it should probably be eliminated entirely. Hence, no double trunk! ...on the horns of a dilemma! I made some cuts this year to the prime trunk. So I guess I'm inclilned to see how it grows out (with all leaves) this entire season...then do something next year. It's called indecision or kicking the can! Thanks.

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Post  Oliver Muscio on Wed May 02, 2012 5:23 pm

I am with Russell on this one. Cut both trunks back a lot, the left one a little lower than the right. Select a top shoot on each from those that develop after the chops to form new apeces. Grow on out. Make sure the chops are at the back of the new apeces: they will take a long time to heal over.
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Re: How to Trim a Golden Gingko

Post  rck89 on Wed May 02, 2012 5:58 pm

Oliver - Thanks for your input!

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Re: How to Trim a Golden Gingko

Post  Russell Coker on Wed May 02, 2012 6:09 pm

Russell Coker wrote:I like the twin trunk design, it adds a lot of interest.

I didn't say to remove the smaller trunk, nor would I if it were mine. But I would cut it back hard to start a new leader and some lower branching. It's too long and nothing going on, but that's fixable.

The cuts you've made so far haven't accomplished anything, and leaving it the way it is right now until next year is a waste of a year imho. But it's your tree to do with as you see fit. You have a tree there with lots of potential, good luck with it.

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Re: How to Trim a Golden Gingko

Post  rck89 on Thu May 03, 2012 5:48 am

Thanks again, Russ!

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Re: How to Trim a Golden Gingko

Post  aab900 on Fri May 04, 2012 3:40 am

I just want to share with you some of my gingko trees.
First one i bought from local nursery for $20.
Second and third one i planted from seed.




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Re: How to Trim a Golden Gingko

Post  rck89 on Fri May 04, 2012 2:14 pm

aab900 - thanks. Have you cut any of your trees? It doesn't look like it.

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