Ginkgo biloba ‘Chi Chi’
The genus Ginkgo has a single species represented by a tall deciduous, broad leaved tree that has survived from prehistoric times. Ginkgo is uniquely different from other conifers in many ways, it occupies its own family, Ginkgoacea and its own order, the Ginkgoales.
This ancient tree flourished with the dinosaurs about 180-200 million years ago. For a long time Ginkgo was considered to be extinct but has since been found growing in the wild in China. Their fan shaped leaves change from green to a golden yellow in the autumn.
Gingko biloba ‘Chi Chi' (syn. 'Tit' misspelling 'Tschi Tschi') An upright normally multi-stemmed, bushy plant with dense compact branching. It develops large bulbous knots on the trunks, from which it gets named "Chi Chi" in Japanese means breasts. Very large fan-shaped green leaves sprout from the knots as well. Originated as a witches a witches broom in Japan 1978 (The Encyclopaedia of Conifers, Aris G Auders & Derek P. Spicer). Hand grafted and propagated at Lime Cross Nursery.
Soil Type: Normal, heavy clay, light sandy, chalk, loam.
Aspect: Full sun.
Foliage Type: Deciduous.
Foliage Colour: Leaves turn a golden yellow in the autumn.
Pot Size: 3 litre.
Ultimate Height: 2-4m.
Ultimate Spread: 2.5m.
Growth Rate: 20 - 50 years.
Special Attributes: The tree is long lived and may reach 2000 - 3000 years.