Fall Color of two of my Ginkgos

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Fall Color of two of my Ginkgos

Post  Gary Swiech on Fri Oct 16, 2015 9:05 pm

This is Ginkgo biloba "Autumn Gold" that I started in 1975 from a 1 yr graft. I had to cut the top this year since it was just getting too tall. The temperatures have been good and it
turned a nice Gold color this year.



This is Ginkgo biloba "Chi Chi". Not quite ready yet. I got this one as a seedling back in the 80's from Brussel Martin.


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Re: Fall Color of two of my Ginkgos

Post  LanceMac10 on Fri Oct 16, 2015 9:09 pm

Ohhh...that's some nice color.....

This is usually the time of year I consider acquiring a Ginkgo.
Especially when I see a couple as nice as yours!!

Sweet, Gary!!

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Re: Fall Color of two of my Ginkgos

Post  Gary Swiech on Sat Oct 17, 2015 3:23 pm

Thanks LanceMac10,

The golden colors of Fall makes for a great display but Ginkgoes are fun all year round, especially in Spring when they bud and the new green shoots are emerging.
Not to mention the pinching to restrict growth in this stage of development. They are super hardy, relatively easy to take care of and fun trying to duplicate the Ginkgoes
I've seen in my life.

Try one. You won't be disappointed.

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Re: Fall Color of two of my Ginkgos

Post  Leo Schordje on Sun Oct 25, 2015 2:20 am

Sweet, I love seeing these 2 trees, they are quite nice, well styled and nice age to them. Thank you for sharing.

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Re: Fall Color of two of my Ginkgos

Post  Gary Swiech on Sun Oct 25, 2015 6:14 pm

Thank you Leo.

I get much joy from growing Ginkgoes. Ginkgo bonsai are somehow comforting to have around. Easy to transplant, most pinching is in the Spring and through the year.

I let the bottom branches grow freely and prune them in the Fall. The top budding, Ginkgo being so apical dominated, has to be managed.

With old trees like these I try and prune it like I would a Japanese maple. In the Spring, before the leaves are out, I remove any buds that are going
the wrong way.

As the leaves emerge and the shoot grows, I pinch the small center shoot out with tweezers.

In many bonsai books, both Japanese and other, your instructed to let shoots grow 6 nodes and prune back to one or two nodes. These are good instructions
for establishing a small Ginkgo into a large Ginkgo but once they get older I find I have to tip prune usually twice a year. After the first pruning of the tiny shoots on the top of the tree,
another flush of shoots emerge which you can choose as to what the shape needs.

I also find it a myth that Ginkgo trees do not heal well. I've never had a Ginkgo not heal properly.

Today. Now for a nice long nap.

This "Autumn Ginkgo" is 34"-86.36cm after top pruning it this week.



This "Chi Chi" Ginkgo is 24"- 70cm. It's more of a shrub. I've seen it growing freely at two different Arboretum, it's a very upright shrub type.


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