- Extremely Low-Maintenance
- Drought and Disease Resistant
- One of the Most Long-Lived Trees
- Glowing Yellow Fall Foliage
- Magnificent Specimen Shade Tree
For a truly breathtaking specimen shade tree, the Autumn Gold Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba ‘Autumn Gold’) leads the field. It was found across the globe in the fossil record from millions of years ago.
The Ginkgo was thought to be long extinct until a chance discovery of these precious trees in China. Now, the magnificent Ginkgo tree graces top botanical gardens, universities and busy streets across the country.
Their iconic, fan-shaped leaves give it it’s common name of ‘Maidenhair Tree’. The leaves seem to dance in the wind.
When fall arrives, the Autumn Gold puts on a magnificent show of luminous yellow gold. The leaves that hold on the tree for an extended period of time and they’re so vibrant, the Ginkgo tree almost seems to glow from within. The color simply stops people in their tracks.
Autumn Gold Ginkgo is an exceptionally beautiful, fruitless, cloned male selection of Ginkgo. This tree is an investment in the future of your yard and home. They’ll paint your fall with brilliant, yellow-gold hues and Ginkgo trees live for centuries.
Forgive us for being fanciful, but we think they’ll bring a strong sense of peace to those who study them. Something about the enduring nature of this miraculous ancient tree – surviving beautifully for hundreds of millions of years – speaks to the poet in all of us.
Autumn Gold Ginkgo features a very balanced branch structure. These stately trees are all male clones from the same parent. Each one will create a beautifully formal, uniform look in the landscape.
Enjoy its colorful display year after year.
How to Use Autumn Gold Ginkgo in the Landscape
Create a beautifully defined row of multiple trees planted along a drive or used to define a large property. Imagine the tremendous statement look you’ll create each autumn, when the gold leaves shine from within.
This tall and vibrant tree can light up your driveway with its bright yellow fall foliage. It also looks quite elegant as a focal point in your front or backyard. Great in median strips, or use to line a driveway or walkway as the roots are very tame.
Once established, the Autumn Gold is drought resistant and tolerant of urban environments. It is almost completely disease and pest free and adapted to a wide range of climates. Autumn Gold might be one of the best choices for a specimen shade tree available.
Autumn Gold is also a popular bonsai specimen and can be found in many practitioner’s collections.
Wherever your Autumn Gold Ginkgo winds up, it is sure to add a sense of grandeur and beauty to your landscape for generations to come.
Tips for Care
This is the perfect tree for a low maintenance landscape as it needs very little pruning to achieve its wonderful form.
Even though these trees are known for their lengthy lifespans, they don’t grow very quickly. In fact, they’ll grow slowly for the first 2 to 3 seasons. Be patient. Once they do get established, they pick up to a moderate growth rate and fill out quite fast.
Choose a well-drained location in full sun. Autumn Gold will also tolerate occasional wet feet as long as the drainage is good.
It prefers a slightly acidic soil, though it will adapt to alkaline soils. It can be sensitive to soils with high salt content.
When the leaves of the Autumn Gold Ginkgo begin to drop, they go all at once. The ground will be covered in a golden blanket. Enjoy that display for a few days, then rake them up all at once.
These trees are widely admired for their resistance to disease, drought, and pollution. They truly are a low-maintenance plant. All you have to is plant one, relax, and appreciate how beautiful it is.